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 multiple events; On Main St there will be a space walk, open to all ages, with participants encouraged to dress up in their favorite space-related costumes. Following the space walk, live music will be provided by Triple Jack in the Plaza de Las Cruces. Stargazing events will be held in the Organ Mountains and at White Sands National Monument. At the Rio Grande Theatre, an excerpt from the play ‘Yuri’ written and directed by New Mexico State University (NMSU) Associate Professor Larissa Lury will be performed along with a presentation by Alires Almon and an excerpt from the NMSU production of ‘Silent Sky’.
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.