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As a tribute to Yuri Gagarin’s first human spaceflight in 1961, the Lunar Surface Applications 5 Workshop hosted a Yuri’s Night panel April 15 in Cape Canaveral. Panelists included Dr. Ryan Kobrick of Space Florida; Thomas Potts of the Aquarius Reef Base; NASA astronaut Cady Coleman; and Annie Caraccio of Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation. Yuri’s Night, the World Space Party, was celebrated around the planet in April including 222 official registered events in 48 countries and on all seven continents with two special recorded messages from the International Space Station’s Commander Terry Virts and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti. On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. Photo courtesy of Matthew Travis

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