Yuri's Night at NASA celebrates the spirit of exploration

Panorama view of Yuri's Night--which celebrated Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's first flight into space--at NASA Ames Research Center.

Hundreds of people at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., joined revelers around the world Saturday night for Yuri's Night, an annual worldwide party to celebrate Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's first flight into space on April 12, 1961, and honor the spirit of exploration and innovation in art and culture.

The two-day celebration at NASA Ames featured an all-day Friday educational event with speakers and seminars, followed by the all-day Saturday festival put on by Symbiosis with art installations and music on the NASA tarmac. Take a look at the panorama to get a feel for standing in the center of Yuri's Night at NASA Ames.

A panorama view of Yuri's Night at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. Credit: James Martin

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James Martin is the staff photographer at CNET News, covering the geeks and gadgets of Silicon Valley. When he's not live-blogging the latest product launches from Apple, Google, or Facebook, James can be found exploring NASA, probing robotics labs, and getting behind-the-scenes with some of the Bay Area's most innovative thinkers.


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