Yuri’s Night World Space Party Celebrates Achievements in Space Exploration
On the evening of April 15, from 5 pm to 9 pm, Yuri’s Night World Space Party will celebrate the 56th anniversary of Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight into space. Gagarin was the first human to travel into outer space, and Yuri’s Night events across the globe have been commemorating this event for decades.
Pearson Air Museum interprets and celebrates the history of Pearson Field, one of the nation’s oldest airfields, and although Yuri Gagarin is not a direct part of this incredible history, there is an important tie between the two stories. Gagarin received his pilot’s training at the Soviet Union’s “First Chkalov Air Force Pilot’s School” in the 1950s. The school was named after famed Russian aviator Valery Chkalov, who piloted the first trans-polar flight between Moscow, Russia to Pearson Field in 1937.
Space exploration and aviation-themed family-friendly activities will be offered at the Historic Hangar and, weather permitting, children can design and launch their own water-powered rockets until dusk. Tom Billings, the president of the Oregon L5 Society (a chapter of the National Space Society) will present a public lecture titled “NASA and New Space: Going Outward Together,” at the Tex Rankin Theater at 6 pm. Weather permitting, the event will conclude with a star gazing tour of the park from 8 pm to 9 pm, led by a park ranger and certified star guide.
What: Yuri’s Night World Space Party
Where: The Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
When: Saturday, April 15, 5 pm to 9 pm. “NASA and New Space: Going Outward Together,” presented by Tom Billings, will take place at 6 pm. Star gazing tour will be presented at 8 pm.