Space Foundation Discovery Center Hosts Yuri’s Night Fundraiser April 16

Space Foundation Discovery Center Hosts Yuri’s Night Fundraiser April 16

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — March 28, 2023 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering information, education and collaboration for the global space ecosystem, today announced Space Foundation Discovery Center will host Yuri’s Night on Sunday, April 16, 5:30-9:00 p.m. The annual cosmic-themed party, open to adults age 21 and older, supports Space Foundation’s science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education programs that reach students and teachers in the Pikes Peak region and throughout the world.

Every April, Yuri’s Night parties are hosted around the world 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. The event celebrates the past, present and future of space exploration while preparing the next generation to take their place within the space ecosystem.

Space Foundation’s Yuri’s Night is also a kickoff to the annual Space Symposium, to be held April 17-20 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. With over 11,000 attendees, the event convenes leaders from around the world representing government, industry, military, intelligence, research and investment communities to discuss the most pressing global space issues. Yuri’s Night attendees will be able to mingle with space professionals and gain a better understanding of what’s next in human spaceflight.

Event: Space Foundation Yuri’s Night

Date: Sunday, April 16, 2023; 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Venue: Space Foundation Discovery Center, Colorado Springs


• $70 per ticket in advance | $85 at the door

•Ticket includes all activities, food and one drink

• Special Activities:

○ Astronaut Meet and Greet
■ Jeffrey Ashby (CAPT, USN, Ret.), former NASA astronaut
■ Duane “Digger” Carey (Lt. Col., USAF, Ret.), former NASA astronaut
■ Frank Culbertson Jr. (CAPT, USN, Ret.), former NASA astronaut
■ Ronald Garan Jr. (Col., USAF, Ret.), former NASA astronaut
■ Livingston Holder Jr. (Capt. USAF, Ret.), former NASA astronaut
■ Ronald M. Sega, Ph.D., former NASA astronaut
■ Eytan Stibbe, SpaceX Ax1 astronaut, Israel
■ Kathryn C. Thornton, Ph.D., former NASA astronaut

○ Silent Auction

○ Science On a Sphere®

○ Drone Obstacle Course

○ Cool Science Demonstrations

○ Red Planet Rover Race

○ Sphero Robot Ball Painting

○ Special event brew provided by Metric Brewing


About Space Foundation Discovery Center

Space Foundation Discovery Center is an interactive space museum and science center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is a hands-on, education-focused destination that advances awareness, access and training in space exploration and space-to-Earth industries for students, teachers, families and space enthusiasts. Partnerships with government and commercial enterprises support exhibits like the El Pomar Space Gallery; Northrop Grumman Science Center, featuring Science On a Sphere®; and Lockheed Martin Space Education Center.

About Space Symposium

Space Symposium, hosted by Space Foundation since 1984, is the premier assembly for the global space ecosystem. The live event, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is widely attended by commercial and government leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs, and teachers around the globe. To learn more about Space Symposium, visit

About Space Foundation 

Space Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering information, education and collaboration for the global space ecosystem. Driven by partnerships, Space Foundation unites the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through support from corporate members, sponsors, fundraising and grants. Visit Space Foundation at, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.


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Media Contact:

Zakary Watson
Sr. Manager, Media & Public Affairs
Space Foundation
(719) 362-8152
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