"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"
This Tuesday there will be a huge bash to celebrate this historic moment hosted by none other than founders of Yuri's Night Loretta Hidalgo-Whitesides and George Whitesides. There is expected to be over 300 Yuri's Night parties in some 69 countries globally (the full list can be found here) but the official blast is a two part event here in Los Angeles. First there is a special event at Griffith Path where Griffith Observatory's Astronomical Observer, Anthony Cook will describe Yuri Gagarin's 108 minute orbital flight and then Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides will describe how space travel might change in the next 50 years. Directions and other information can be found here.
Then there will be a follow up event at the Wood and Vine Bar in Hollywood. I managed to twist Mai's arm to go to this and I am hoping she wont back out. Will post pictures later in the week.