Space Ambassadors

Yuri's Night Ambassadors will be at the event in their dashing red sashes! Please go up to them during our Ambassador Meet at Greet at 6pm around the Apollo- Soyuz Command Module or anytime throughout the night and ask your favorite space questions!

Amy Teitel:: Spaceflight historian and author

A.C. Charania:: Manager, Advanced Programs, Business Development & Strategy for Blue Origin

David Pescovitz:: Co-editor of Boing Boing and Co-Producer of the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition

Amanda Nguyen:: Harvard grad, aspiring astronaut, founder of Rise, civil rights for people who have been sexually assaulted

Hallie Lambert:: Writer for the critically acclaimed SyFy show The Expanseand writer of the tie in graphic novel series, The Expanse: Origins. 

Anthony Vareha:: Flight Director at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, former flight controller for the ISS thermal control systems.

Dylan Taylor:: Founding Partner of the Space Angels and Founder of Space for Humanity, a non-profit that strives to democratize space

Athena Brensberger:: Budding astrophysicist turned international model, AstroAthens loves to bridge art and science.

Lauren Lyons:: Local aerospace reusability engineer extraordinaire

Robbie Schingler:: Co-Founder Planet, a small sat start-up that is currently taking a picture of all the land mass of Earth, everyday.

Christopher Huie-Spence:: Loads Engineer at Virgin Galactic/The Spaceship Company in Mojave, CA, knows how to party under a shuttle

Katherine de Kleer:: Astrophysics Ph.D. currently at Caltech, soon to be professor at MIT, studies Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto with style

Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola:: Captain and co-founder of Space Nation - accelerating humanity’s transition to the new space era. 

Nova Spivack:: Tech futurist, founder Arch Mission- archiving human knowledge for billions of years, launched Asimov Trilogy on Falcon Heavy

Danielle Dallas Roosa:: Actress, Founder of Back to Space, working to send Apollo astronauts back to space + reinvigorate an interest in STEM


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Back To The Future Nate Truman's will be bringing a Back to the Future DeLorean and more to the front door of the venue.  so have your selfie cameras ready!

Panasonic will light up your night with artist Evan Weitzberg projection mapping.  A case study in the making, this year will rock both coasts!

JPL is bringing their super gecko robot again that can climb straight up a brick wall! Along with other fun rover hardware and tech.


Ready at Dawn will offer hands-on demos of Lone Echo, the 2018 D.I.C.E. award-winning Immersive Reality Game of the Year. Climb and move freely in microgravity on a VR adventure that takes you to a mining station at the outer rings of Saturn.

3D LED Stellarium (Star Map) Yuri's Night proudly presents "Meet the Stellar Neighbors" a scale model of stars within 25 light years of Earth.

Caltech Dr. Gorjian and Dr. Hurt will take your picture in Infrared! Learn Cool Cosmos! Take a trip in VR about the 7 Earth sized planets in the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system.

Internet Gaming Celebrity Max Singularity, Space Pope of Eve Online, will be livestreaming from 7-7:30pm.

ISS Above will be there showing you how to build your own wearable ISS flyover reminder.

Vortex Immersion Media will let you stomp and play on their interactive floor projections.

Photo Booth Get your Earthrise crew photo in front of the Space Shuttle and get a hard copy you can take home with you.  Columbia Memorial Space Center steps you up into their life-size space suit prop.

Burning Man's Interstellar Emissary will be lit up to share in our celebration of Voyagers 40th anniversary!

King Mahtusahn invites you to step inside it's turret and spin yourself to the beats while saving the galaxy.

Vocademy Earn an onsite 3D printed Yuri's Night prize by building your own parachute to balance in the Vocademy Wind tunnel.

UCSB's NASA Directed Energy interstellar program team will have laser array demos and wafer scale spacecraft they are testing for the NASA Starlight and Breakthrough Starshot's trip to Alpha Centauri!

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FuseFX and Space Nation have joined forces to bring you VR Buzz Aldrin: Cycling the Pathway to Mars and a tour of Yuri Gagarin's capsule.

SparkleBlob will be back this year with more DIY art, this year featuring spacey Shrinky-Dinks! If you missed the '80's don't miss this!

Infinity Box creator Matt Elson, renowned installation artist at Burning Man & set for Area 15 in Vegas, will provide Space Themed Infinity Boxes.  

Remy Bond has shipped five amazing, pop-art style, space inspired, canvas original paintings from France for your imagination.

Tommy Tejeda will be bringing his live experience Nova Star UFO.  Step into another world before you even enter. 


DONT MISS. This is the best part of the whole event! The LaunchPad starts 6:00-7:00pm and is jam packed with activities, talks, games and shows! It includes the Apollo-Soyuz Command Module, the Gemini XI Capsule, a lunar sample collected during the Apollo 11 landing and an Apollo 16 Command Module space suit. You can also Meet and Greet the 2018 Yuri's Night L.A. Ambassadors, go to a LaunchPad Talk, grab a drink with your friends, or watch Sci-Fi improv!

Launch Pad talks-Room 1- Mission 26: Endeavour Together exhibit (Second floor before elevators)

6:15pm - 6:35pm Dylan Taylor: Founder of Space for Humanity- On their mission to send applicants to space who will use their missions for good

6:40pm - 7:00pm David Pescovitz: An insiders view of the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition (Available at: Ozma Records)

Launch Pad talks- Room 2 - Kelp Forest Aquarium (just next to entrance to Shuttle Pavilion)

6:15pm - 6:35pm Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola: Co-founder of Space Nation will share about the new space training app they launched and why it matters

6:40pm - 7:00pm Local aerospace engineer will share lessons learned from her unexpected life path to help you navigate your career in space

Ambassador Meet and Greet, Space Petting Zoo, and bar- Humans to Space (Top of Escalator)

Turn right at the top of the escalators to head towards Creative World and check out our Space Petting Zoo with meteorites, aerogels and spaceship materials. Check out the Space Capsules and chat up a Yuri's Night Ambassador.

The Improvised Generation- Creative World's Tech Theater (Top of escalator, go right and it's on the right)

Explore the Alpha Quadrant with The Improvised Generation, an entirely improvised episode in the style of Star Trek: The Next Generation. New ship, new crew, endless possibilities!

Dancing Under the Space Shuttle Endeavour and Silent Disco in the Aquarium!

This year we are featuring TWO rooms of epic dance music. 

Under the Shuttle: The evening culminates with an epic dance party under the Space Shuttle Endeavour and inside the magical Kelp Forest. We'll be bringing you sick space beats until midnight. It is a unique opportunity to party under a national treasure. You are welcome to dress up, costumes encouraged!

In the Aquarium: This year, thanks to Quiet Events silent disco headsets, we will bring tandem DJ line-ups to our second room of music in the "Kelp Forest" (the museum's aquarium space). You can walk through an aquarium tunnel and dance next to a 25 foot high wall of aquarium (without disturbing the fish!).

Don't feel like dancing?  Subtractive artist Test Shot Starfish will be providing "Music for Space" (releasing 2018) at the silent disco on channel 3 in the Kelp Forest.  Come chill, watch the aquatic life, and get a first listen to their new tracks which have been featured on the SpaceX webcasts.

VIP Tickets

VIPs will have a dedicated entry line at registration as well as an exclusive VIP lounge in the main shuttle room with couches and a dedicated bar. 

VIPs will also have two rows of chairs reserved at the front of the event for the main stage show. They will be held for VIPs until 5 minutes before the start of show as which case they will be opened for anyone to fill in. All speakers and ambassadors are also invited to hang out in the VIP Lounge.

All attendees get tickets for two free cans of 4 Pines beer (our sponsor). In addition VIPs also have an open wine bar in the VIP area. There is a cash bar there for cocktails and a craft beer garden on the back patio of the venue (outside the VIP area). 

Event F.A.Qs

Will there be food?

Be sure to eat a good dinner before you come at 6pm. We will have a limited amount of pork sliders, chicken skewers, and grilled cheese available this year to guests-  at no cost! That is new this year (you are welcome!) 

Just know, it is not enough to be dinner for everyone, but for those who need it, it's available. For those who need a late night snack, we will also hold some of the food back so you aren't drinking on an empty stomach. Soylent has also agreed to have 500 bottles of Soylent at the event, so even if there is no more food available, you can grab 400 calories and 20 grams of protein in a convenient liquid form!

What should I wear?

 Yuri's Night is basically a space theme-nightclub that encourages costumes, play and full self expression! You can wear  black pants or galaxy leggings, or your favorite Sci-fi costume, what you would wear to a nightclub on a saturday night.

Is this an all ages event?

Since this is a night club environment we don't encourage people to bring kids. But just like at Burning Man, some people will. If you would bring your kids to Burning Man, feel free to bring them to Yuri's Night. We are only checking your age if you want to drink. If you are looking for a Yuri's Night event designed for kids, please check out Yuri's Night Kids at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in nearby Downey.


Beer Garden

Choose from an assortment of craft beers for our first-ever outdoor beer garden (by the giant Shuttle External Tank) provided by our friends at Wavelength Brewing Company and Los Angeles Ale Works.  Deep Space Live Stream via telescopes in Joshua Tree, provided by Oceanside Photo and Telescope.  

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Looking for a family friendly space event during the DAY? You're in luck!  We will be hosting a Yuri's Night Kids event 10am-4pm at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, CA on Sat April 7, 2018, for a day of space themed activities, fun, and the opportunity to see what rocket science is all about!  Learn more here


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