YURIGAGARIN50 Newsletter Issue 5

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The countdown continues:

T– 21 days until the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic spaceflight.


YuriGagarin50 NEWS  

YuriGagarin50 Chair, Dr Chris Welch and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) have joined together to deliver a Yuri Gagarin Lecture at the IET, Savoy Place, London, on 12th April from 6pm - 8pm.

The evening lecture celebrates 50 years of manned space flight and will look at the past, present and future plans and possibilities.

The programme for the evening:

18:00 Registration and refreshments  

18:30 Introduction by the Chair  

Dr Chris Welch - IET Aerospace Network and International Space University, Strasbourg

18:40 Lecture commences  

John Zarnecki - Professor of Space Science, Open University Robin McKie - Science and Technology Editor, The Observer Third speaker, to be confirmed

19:45 Closing remarks and vote of thanks  

20:00 Close  

To guarantee your place at this exciting free lecture, please register at http://conferences.theiet.org/gagarin.

Follow @theiet on Twitter.


Yuri’s Night Competition  

Yuri’s Night is pleased to announce that our two recently announced contests, the “Call to Humanity” Space Exploration Advertisement Competition and Yuri’s Night International Space Sweepstakes, are now officially open and accepting entries. $18,000 in space-themed prizes are being offered through these two contests, both of which are completely free to enter.


For details got to: http://yurisnight.net/contests/



JOIN US ON THE 12th!  

YuriGagarin50 want to encourage as many Yuri Gagarin’s as possible to meet, wearing Spacesuit costumes, at 7am on 12th April on the Southbank, ready to toast the 50th anniversary at the exact time of the launch (07:07 BST).

We would appreciate it if you could help us to gain the support we need to make the event a success.

If you are able to join us, please go to http://yurigagarin50.org/events/yuri-walk for details on how to create a Yuri Gagarin spacesuit. If you don’t want to dress in a spacesuit, just wear something orange! Bring your friends!

Email a short article about your event to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday 25th March to see your YG50 event promoted in the next newsletter.



The Science Museum events for the 12th April will include: talks from a Yuri Gagarin drama character, Russian to Space - an interactive show, Space Gallery Tours and ‘First Orbit’ - a film by Christopher Riley, will be screened throughout the day.

More details will be on the Science Museum website and the YuriGagarin50 calendar of events as they become available.

You can also follow @ScienceMuseum on twitter



YuriGagarin50 ONLINE  

YOUTUBE. YuriGagarin50’s Channel has uploaded a Rockets for Yuri instruction video made by a 6yr old. We would like you to join us and upload any ‘Rockets for Yuri’ videos or other YG50 related videos.

TWITTER: @YuriGagarin50 now has

FLICKR: We would also like to see your YG50-related pictures . Download our logo from the website and photograph yourself, friends, family, colleagues and post them on the group pool. www.flickr.com/groups/yg50/

We have several pictures of the important members of the international space community who are showing their support for YuriGagarin50.


Yuri Gagarin Resources  

The YG50 Launch Manual is available to download and use:


Vix Southgate has also created PowerPoint presentations for KeyStage 1&2 and fun activity sheets with a Yuri Gagarin theme which will be free to download from 4th April at:



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