“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!”
— Yuri Gagarin, 1st human in space.
Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961, and the inaugural launch of the first Space Shuttle on April 12, 1981.
Join the Africa2Moon Team at the Cape Town Yuri’s Night on Safari Party on Saturday evening, April 11 2015
There will be special messages, VIP Guests, Raffles, Giveaways and ticket holders (free tickets via Eventbrite) qualify for Special Offers on Cocktails & Pizzas.
In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Like in the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, our big white space neighbor is enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the moon for good. The award-winning 24-minute Google Lunar XPRIZE fulldome planetarium show, Back To The Moon For Good, chronicles teams around the world competing for the largest international incentivized prize in history, by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon. To win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, a team must land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, navigate 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to Earth. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – but by the citizens of the world.
The Mars One project aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2024. With over 200 000 initial applications, the Dutch-based venture has whittled down the most recent shortlist to 100. Nick Hamman on 5fm caught up with Adriana Marais, one of four South Africans left on the list.
“The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.”
President John F Kennedy
12 September 1962
MOON SPEECH given at Rice University.
This simple statement, given after only one successful manned mission by NASA, even before John Glenn did the first earth orbit and before the introduction of computers, but after declaring the intention to go to the moon “before this decade is out”, is the embodiment of the inspirational spirit behind humankind’s drive for adventure and exploration.
It is this spirit that also drives our efforts to both inspire the next generation of African Scientists and Engineers and the current generation to showcase the capabilities already on offer in Africa.
We hope you will find these words as pertinent and as inspirationally applicable today as they must have been for audiences in 1962!
Per ardua ad lunam – through adversity to the Moon!
The commentary from the incomparable Walter Cronkite at the first launch of the Saturn V rocket on Apollo 4 is the clearest indication of how unprepared the media were for the awesome power of this iconic machine!