More than 1,300 space enthusiasts attended Yuri's Night at the Virginia Air and Space Center (VASC) in downtown Hampton on April 14.
This was Hampton Roads' fourth Yuri's Night, which celebrated Yuri Gagarin, who became the first person in outer space when his spacecraft entered Earth orbit on April 12, 1961. Twenty years later, April 12, 1981, marked the launch of the first U.S. space shuttle. Yuri’s Night celebrates these out-of-this-world accomplishments at hundreds of parties around the world. Last year's total included 567 officially recognized events in 75 countries on all seven continents.
This year, Yuri's Night Hampton Roads also marked the 20th anniversary of the VASC and the 95th anniversary of one of the Virginia Air & Space Center's founders, NASA's Langley Research Center.
The event featured a fusion of entertainment, including music mixed by Hampton Roads’ DJ Jeyone, performances by an Alien Dance group, a high-tech hula hoop artist, local reggae favorite United Souls and more, including a space-themed costume contest that earned prizes for some.
Photo credit: NASA/Sean Smith