What Are You doing for Yuri’s Night?
Yuri’s Night is the annual celebration of Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space! According to Adafruit, this is recognized by the UN as International Human Spaceflight Day, as established in 2011… but I have embarrassing pictures from a year before that.* (The About page indicates that Yuri’s Night has been going since 2001.)
My favorite part of Gagarin’s legacy is this quotation, which is roughly:
“Orbiting the earth in my spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and foster that beauty, and not destroy it.”
How to Celebrate?
Check out the interviews and citizen-science opportunities from my 2016 September in Space project. I talked with Shawna Pandya about being an astronaut candidate, and Brad Kohlenberg about the exciting future of 3D printing in space. Plus, learn about artist residencies and more!
Build one of these projects to track the International Space Station — a popular space/hardware nerd goal:
Track a Space Station by Voice Command
Enable the "Tracker for ISS" skill in Amazon Alexa app (or "enable Tracker for ISS" by voice) to try this out! Where is…
Where Is The Space Station (Connected Bulbs)
How to make lights change depending where on the Space Station is in space. Demonstrated on Philips Hue - can be made…
Hey Mycroft, Where Is the International Space Station?
Voice recognition and voice interfaces are here in a big way and will play an important role in the future of our…
Once the site’s back up, check out the official page to find a Yuri’s Night event near you! Tonight’s the official night, but many parties have already taken place, and many are still to come.
Of course, you’ll need to a space-celebrating outfit. Mylar, Kapton tape, and bits of solar panels are great materials for this! If you’re really feeling the spirit, my friend Moheeb tipped me off to these amazing constellation pants on ThinkGeek… which might just arrive in time for one of the later events.
And finally, if you’re badass enough to throw your own party, why not build your own real-life, quadcopter-based Space Invaders game?
SpacedOut - IRL space invaders with drones
This is a project we did in a the GeekCon 2016 hackathon, 2 weekends ago, which was both great fun and, I hope…