The Parks College Space Club Celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Human Space Flight on Yuri's Night
April 18, 2011
The Parks College Space Club celebrated Yuri’s Night on Apr. 12, 2011, with a variety of festivities that took place throughout the SLU campus. Events included 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 attended the events for free.
From 5:00-7:00pm, students Participated enjoyed free pizza and participated in a 16 story egg drop atop of Griesedieck Hall. Students were judged based on the distance from the landing site, number of parts, and egg integrity. Many eggs were dropped but only a few survived!
From 8:00pm-10pm, The St. Louis Astronomical Society graciously brought their telescopes for a public star-gazing at the Tegeler field. Students, faculty and staff were able to capture a clear view of Saturn, the Moon and other stars. Saturn was the most highlighted sight of the evening, the extraordinary far away planet was in clear view on this special night.
From 9:30 to 11:30, the movie, “Serenity” played on the BSC patio where students got to enjoy this space-western cult classic. The award winning film was about the crew of the spaceship Serenity who try the save the fugitives on their ship from the bloodthirsty creatures that roam the uncharted areas of space, when they realized the greatest danger of all may be on their ship.
The Parks College Space Club students enjoyed many fun and interesting activities on this honorary occasion of Yuri’s night.
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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 about Yuri Gagarin and Yuri’s Night, please visit the Yuri’s Night website by clicking here.