Yuri's Night Bay Area is a massive celebration of space, science, art, music, and technology. Once a year in over a hundred places all over the world, Yuri's Night commemorates the anniversary of the launch of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and the launch of the first Space Shuttle exactly twenty years later. Starting in 2007, Space Generation teamed up with the NASA Ames Research Center for the first time, along with a team of amazing volunteers, to host the largest Yuri's Night celebration ever held in a massive hangar on Moffett Field in Mountain View, CA.
Yuri's Night Bay Area taps into the San Francisco area's unique energy to bring together scientists, artists, technologists, musicians, and space enthusiasts in a fusion of celebration and education that is unlike anything else you've ever seen. In 2008 the event is growing to twice the size, bringing in more hot musicians, more brilliant scientists, more amazing artists, and the all-new Festival of Ideas.
When Yuri Gagarin returned from his historic first spaceflight, he explained:
“Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty — not destroy it!”
In honor of this insight, and of the remarkable progress that is now being made in technology to address our environmental problems, the theme for Yuri's Night Bay Area 2008 is Radical Technology for a Sustainable Future. This year, in addition to celebrating and learning about mankind's legacy of space exploration, you will see art, science, and technology demonstrations showcasing the breakthroughs that will help us preserve our planet and our species, and hear from the brightest minds who are developing these technologies and helping to shape our future.