On April 13, 1985, Space Shuttle Atlantis arrived at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to be prepped for its maiden flight. Over the following 26 years, Atlantis would go on to launch 33 times - deploying satellites & planetary probes Magellan & Galileo, delivering vital components to the International Space Station, & pioneering the Shuttle-Mir era. In July of 2011, NASA's final shuttle mission was flown by Atlantis (STS-135), marking the end of the Shuttle Era. Today, Atlantis is on full display at the historic Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
This year's EPIC Space Coast Yuri's Night party will take place underneath Shuttle Atlantis exactly 33 years to the day since the orbiter arrived at KSC. Come join us on Friday April 13th, 2018, to celebrate this historic spacecraft, the excitement of space exploration, & the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's monumental flight into orbit.
Yuri's Night Space Coast Fri April 13, 2018 8 pm - 1 am
Featuring NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott
Nicole Stott has spent 104 days living and working in space. Highlights of her spaceflight missions include 3 Space Shuttle flights (that was how she got to and from her long duration ISS mission, plus a Shuttle flight after that), a double length ISS Expedition (Expedition 20 & 21), 1 spacewalk, installation and first run on the C.O.L.B.E.R.T. treadmill, and ISS maintenance. She was the last ISS crewmember to return to Earth on a Space Shuttle.
Nicole's 28 year NASA career started at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida where she worked as an engineer and manager for the Space Shuttle and ISS programs. Nicole gained hands-on experience with spaceflight hardware and worked alongside the team of people responsible for the "care and feeding" of the vehicles.
Prior to being selected as an Astronaut, Nicole worked at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston as a Flight Simulation Engineer (FSE) in the NASA Aircraft Operations Division. As a FSE she flew onboard the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) helping to train astronaut pilots to fly the Shuttle. She flew other missions in the NASA T38's and the KC135 ("Vomit Comet"). Nicole was selected as an Astronaut in 2000, one of 17 members of the 18th group of NASA Astronauts.
Come meet our ambassadors, listen to amazing talks, view incredible pieces of space history, & sample the world's first space beer
For many years, you have been part of an elite team of bipedal hominids as crew on our beautiful, incredibly complex Spaceship Earth®. Flying at over 490,000 MPH around the galactic center, she offers incredible views of our celestial neighbors, provides us with water, energy, & can operate for millennia. It's time to celebrate!
Yuri's Night Space Coast will be filled with dancing, drinks, art, costumes, & all things space. You might bump into an astronaut, celebrity, rocket scientist, or astrophysicist... DJs will be spinning until 1 a.m. & we will be dancing under the Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex celebrating space & the power to bring us all together here on Spaceship Earth. ROCK THE PLANET!
Friday, APRIL 13, 2018 8PM TO 1am
KSC Visitor Complex | Space Shuttle Atlantis Building
SR 405 Kennedy Space center, FL
Yuri's Night Ambassadors will be at the event in their dashing blue sashes! Please go up to them anytime throughout the night and ask your favorite space questions!
Janet Karika: Jacobs Executive Director, Interagency Launch Programs
Tim Dodd: The Everyday Astronaut - Bringing space down to Earth for everyday people
Hayley Lewis: The Mars Generation, Embry-Riddle Spaceflight Operations, and Brooke Owens Fellow
Leilani Munter: Biology graduate turned ARCA race car driver and environmental activist