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Apr. 12, 2011

What is Yuri's Night?

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

Video by Jesse Medalia Strauss

At the International Public Science Events Conference in February, TalkingScience's Washington D.C. correspondent Jesse Medalia Strauss caught up with Tim Bailey, CFO and assistant director of Yuri's Night World Space Party. Bailey is a space enthusiast who, among other things, teaches people how to maneuver in microgravity during parabolic aircraft flights that create a "weightless" environment. In this video, he talks about Yuri's night, an international celebration that commemorates the first human space flight, by Yuri Gagarin, who flew the Vostok 1 spaceship on April 12, 1961.

We'll be publishing more video interviews with Tim Bailey in the next week or so. Stay tuned!

Anyone attending a Yuri's Night event this evening? Let us know in the comments!

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