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 Space Shuttle Atlantis

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

Featuring NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott

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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. 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 and 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... two Miami-based DJs, Brother Dan (terrestrial funk) & DeeJay Ray (more or less), will be spinning until 12:30 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

KSC Visitor Complex | Space Shuttle Atlantis Building

SR 405 Kennedy Space center, FL



We are super excited this year to have Vostok Space Beer as our Official Sponsor! They will be with us under the shuttle with their Vostok Space Beer as well as their Indian Summer Ale and their Down Under IPA. All 21+ guests will be able to have their first two 4 Pines Beers on the house!

For the first time ever, you’ll be partying at Yuri’s Night with the world’s first beer for space in hand! 

4 Pines Brewing Company & Saber Astronautics joined forces 7 years ago on a journey with a sole purpose to develop the world’s first beer for space. The beer recipe has been perfected and they’re now in the final stages of the project to perfect the bottle technology so space tourists can drink the beer as we do on Earth (without those squeezie packs).

As Lunar Sponsors of Yuri’s Night L.A. and Yuri's Night Space Coast, Vostok are providing the beers!

Come meet the team from Down Under and share a Space Beer with them while you learn all about the project. Yuri’s Night L.A. will be the official launchpad of their Space Beer Crowd Funding Project which will see Space Beer become a reality and an opportunity for you to be a part of their research.

Space Ambassadors

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

Leilani Munter::  Biology graduate turned ARCA race car driver and environmental activist

Phillip Larson:: Assistant Dean at CU Boulder, former SpaceX and Senior Adviser for Space and Innovation at the White House

Abby Garrett:: Professional artists, author, STEM communicator, and creator of Go For Launch comics

Antonio Paris:: Director of The Center for Planetary Sciences, veteran, author, and professor at St. Petersburg College

Hayley Lewis:: The Mars Generation, Embry-Riddle Spaceflight Operations, and Brooke Owens Fellow

Trip Harriss:: Local aerospace launch operations engineer extraordinaire

Kiko Dontchev:: Local aerospace human launch vehicle engineer

Sian Proctor:: Geology professor, featured scientist on PBS, Discovery, and Science Channel, NOAA Teacher at Sea, NASA HI-SEAS

Robin Seemangal:: Spaceflight reporter for Wired Magazine, Observer, and Popular Science

Todd Romberger:: VP, Commercial Space at Space Florida, ZERO-G coach, former Bigelow mission ops, 1st tester of Vostok Space Beer in zero-g!


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