On April 12, 1961, exactly 53 years ago, the Soviet pilot and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin completed an orbit around Earth in Vostok 1.On Saturday, celebrate Mr. Gagarinwho tragically died in a training jet crash only seven years laterand our now somewhat-friendly relationship with Russia. Taking over Rosslyns Artisphere, Countdown to Yuris Night is sure to be an out-of-this-world evening for 21+ space geeks with live music and DJs, acrobatic and burlesque performances, and robot-themed art.
FILE - This undated file photo provided by Sotheby's in New York shows the Vostok 3KA-2 space capsule, flown with the cosmonaut-mannequin Ivan Ivanovich on March 25, 1961, as the final test mission prior to Yuri Gagarin's first manned space flight. The capsule, the only Vostok space capsule outside of Russia and the only one in private hands, is scheduled to be offered at auction by Sotheby's on April 12, 2011, the 50th anniversary of Gagarin's flight. (AP Photo/Sotheby's, File)