Yuri's Night Celebration

April 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Various Locations on the SLU Campus

Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Air Force ROTC, Aviation Science, Graduate Program, Physics

The Parks College Space Club will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of human space flight on Yuri’s Night, Apr. 12, 2011, with a variety of festivities that will take place throughout the SLU campus.  Events include a 16-story egg drop, a free pizza dinner, a star party at Tegeler Field and a screening of the space western movie, Serenity, on the BSC patio. Students, faculty and staff can attend the events for free.

Schedule of Events

5:00-7:00pm: 16-Story Egg Drop at Griesedieck Hall
Judging is based on distance from landing site, number of parts and egg integrity. Participants are encouraged to build their craft ahead of time, however, last-minute construction may take place at the beginning of the event, from 5:00-6:00pm. FREE pizza and refreshments will be served!

8:00pm-10pm: Star Party at Tegeler Field
The St. Louis Astronomical Society will bring telescopes for a public star-gazing. Viewers should look forward to seeing Saturn, the Moon and more!

9:30pm-11:30pm: Showing of Serenity on the BSC Patio
Viewers will enjoy this space-western cult classic. In the future, a spaceship called Serenity is harboring a passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an awesome action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship.

About Yuri’s Night

Human Spaceflight became a reality 50 years ago with the launch of a bell-shaped capsule called “Vostok 1” on April 12th, 1961. The capsule was carrying Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who took his place in history as the first human to leave the bounds of Earth and enter outer space.

Exactly 20 years later, the United States embarked on a new era in spaceflight with the inaugural launch of a new type of spaceship — the Space Shuttle (April 12th, 1981). Designed to carry a larger crew and large volumes of cargo to orbit, the Space Shuttles became synonymous with human spaceflight for an entirely new generation of young people.

When the next 20-year point arrived, that generation (often called “Gen X”) laid a new space milestone by connecting thousands of people around the world to celebrate and honor the past, while building a stairway to the future. That event was Yuri’s Night, and it continues to bring the excitement, passion and promise of space travel closer to people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.

For more information visit the Yuri’s Night website by clicking here.

Additional Information:

To RSVP contact Steve Massey at sluseds@gmail.com by April 10th.

In the case of inclement weather, the movie will be shown at the Billiken Club (Salsarita’s)

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