Las Cruces Space Festival is celebrating the anniversary of the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961 and the inaugural launch of the Space Shuttle in 1981. Yuri’s Night, named after Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, is a global celebration of human space travel.
Yuri’s Night is celebrated by tens of thousands around the world since it started as a movement in 2001. In Las Cruces, we will be celebrating Yuri’s Night with stargazing events in the Organ Mountains and at White Sands National Monument, an except from the play ‘Yuri’ written and directed by NMSU Associate Professor Larissa Lury, and a party on Main St with live link ups to other Yuri’s Night gatherings.
Our festival is listed on Yurisnight.net and hopes to welcome visitors to our region to celebrate Southern New Mexico’s long history with space exploration and the future of commercial space flight in the region. To find out more about our events, sign up to our newsletter on the homepage.