1st SPACE PARTY in Malaysia: YURI’s NIGHT
Human Spaceflight became a reality 50 years ago with the launch of a bell-shaped capsule called “Vostok 1” on April 12, 1961. The capsule was carrying Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who took his place in history as the first human to leave the bounds of Earth and enter outer space.
Exactly 20 years later, the United States spear-headed a new era in spaceflight with the inaugural launch of a new type of spaceship — the Space Shuttle (April 12, 1981). Designed to carry a larger crew and large volumes of cargo to orbit, the Space Shuttles became synonymous with human spaceflight for an entirely new generation of young people.
When the next 20-year point arrived, that generation (often called “Gen X”) laid a new space milestone by connecting thousands of people around the world to celebrate and honour the past, while building a stairway to the future. That event was Yuri’s Night, and it continues to bring the excitement, passion and promise of space travel closer to people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.
The 1st Yuri’s Space Party in Malaysia was celebrated at Palate Palette on Tuesday, 12 April 2011, connected to others by a worldwide webcam link. Yuri’s Night is an annual worldwide celebration on April 12 that fuels public interest in space exploration and the aerospace industry. On that date in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the world’s first cosmonaut, a mission that marked the beginning in human space exploration. This pioneering effort is honoured through a worldwide night of celebrations bridging continents and countries, and keeping the spirit of space exploration alive. Yuri’s Night was held at 440 locations in 70 countries!
Attendees were entertained with the “First Orbit” movie premiere, a feature-length documentary film about Vostok 1, the first manned space flight around the Earth. By matching the orbit of the International Space Station to that of Vostok 1 as closely as possible, in terms of ground path and time of day, documentary filmmaker, Christopher Riley and European Space Agency astronaut, Paolo Nespoli were able to film the view that Yuri Gagarin saw on his pioneering orbital space flight. This new footage was cut and merged together with the original Vostok 1 mission audio recordings sourced from the Russian State Archive.
Malaysian astronaut, Dr Faiz Khaleed, shared his passion for space exploration from his previous training in Star City in Russia and answered questions from the attendees. A Star Wars/Space costume competition was held and our own Captain, Allen Yap won the best costume as Obi-Wan Kenobi. After clearing up the floor, DJ French Chris got the party started with some progressive house from outer space, followed by some pure orbital trance with 2 DJs from the Epic Tribe.