Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Yuri's Night

On Saturday, April 11, the National Space Society celebrated "Yuri's Night." The event, named after the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, is to celebrate milestones in manned space flight. The party was high above the Spaceport Bravo sim.

Yuri’s Night party happening now! Celebrate Yuri Gagarin, first person in space, with the International Spaceflight Museum and the National Space Society. DJ Aristippus spins space-themed tunes and songs of the Space Age. Futuristic, space-related or early '60s fashions are encouraged, but in no way required.

There were a mix of early 60s tunes, and space themed songs such as "Walking on the Moon," "Goodbye Cruel World," "Space Girls," and others. People either danced, or floated in the air, often in spacesuits.

There were a few topics, such as the Coronovirus Crisis, which may have caused one NSS member to skip the event, and some sadness over the lack of progress in manned space travel in recent years.

On another note, it was fifty years ago that the accident that crippled Apollo 13 and almost caused the loss of all aboard took place. It took a good deal of effort by both the astronauts and the ground crew to get the crew back to Earth in what would be called a "successful failure."

Bixyl Shuftan

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