Spaceport America Podcast – Episode 4: Celebrating Yuri’s Night with founder Loretta Whitesides

Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides is on a mission, a Space mission. Author of The New Right Stuff: Using Space to Bring Out the Best in You. Co-founder of global Space party Yuri’s Night. Founder Astronaut with Virgin Galactic. Creator of SpaceKind leadership training. Loretta Whitesides is going to Space, and she wants you and me to go, too. So: Want to take a ride? Get to know her with Episode 4 of the official Spaceport America Podcast! Loretta and Alice cover flying in space, being a woman in the space industry and the Yuri’s Night Celebration that you can celebrate with this weekend’s 2021 Virtal Las Cruces Space Festival. 

What is Yuri's Night???

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 Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961, and the inaugural launch of the first Space Shuttle on April 12, 1981.

Yuri’s Night events combine space-themed partying with education and outreach. These events can range from an all-night mix of techno and technology at a NASA Center, to a movie showing and stargazing at your local college, to a gathering of friends at a bar or barbecue.

In 2011, the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight, over 100,000 people attended 567 officially recognized events in 75 countries on all 7 continents, while tens of thousands more watched the 12-hour live Yuri’s Night Global Webcast and participated online in the virtual world of Second Life.

Since 2001, Yuri’s Night has:

  • Featured talks and presentations by Ray Bradbury, Will Wright, George Takei, Richard Garriott, Anousheh Ansari, and many others

  • Been celebrated at the South Pole, Hayden Planetarium, and in orbit on the International Space Station

  • Planted hundreds of “moon trees” around the world in collaboration with American Forests

  • Received the “Best Presentation of Space” award from the Space Frontier Foundation

  • Trained the next generation of space leaders for organizations such as the National Space Society, Virgin Galactic, and Space Florida

Anyone can start a Yuri’s Night event, and it’s completely free. Are you interested? Register an event today →

Host of the Spaceport America Official Podcast- Alice Carruth, New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) PR Coordinator

The official podcast for Spaceport America!! Chatting about the refinement of commercial spaceflight,  the effects on New Mexico aerospace, and so much more! Hosted by Alice Carruth, New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) PR Coordinator.

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