Yuri the Night Away
Do you ever sit at home and think to yourself "Gee, I wish there was a dedicated night of the year where people all over the world threw really awesome parties about space"? Man, if that's the case, you are so lucky you live on the one planet, that we know of, that has just such an event. As a matter of fact, that event is tonight and it's called Yuri's Night. Don't know what Yuri's Night is? I'll let the website do the taklin';
"Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle."
Pretty neat, right? You can check the website to see if there are any organized events near you, but if not don't be discouraged. Yuri's night acknowledges all levels of parties and so do we. Invite some friends over and watch a space movie, head over to your local observatory, or, heck, I'll even settle for a Flickr photo album of you launching Mentos & Coke rockets in your back yard.
The Google Lunar X PRIZE team will be hitting up Yuri's Night Los Angeles, so if you're in the area or already have your tickets, tweet us (me), find us, and come say hi!
Speaking of Russian space related news, one of our very own Google Lunar X PRIZE teams, Selenkhod, has some exciting news!
"The prototype of the Russian moon rover competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE will be finished by summer, developers said on Thursday.
The Selenokhod (“Moon Walker”) will then undergo extensive testing, including the vacuum camera, the vibration test bed and on a simulated moon surface complete with craters, Sergei Sedykh, the Selenokhod company head, told RIA Novosti."
It's always good to see our teams in the media, especially with such wonderful news and great examples of their progression from innovation to design.
In soviet Russia, Moon lands on YOU!