Yuri’s Night Commemorative #BeAnAstronaut Patches Now Available for Limited Time

Yuri’s Night worked with space patch designer Tim Gagnon to create a unique tribute to the record-breaking 18,300 astronaut applicants.

Santa Rosa, CA, March 23, 2016 --(PR.com)-- From December to February, 18,300 people, the largest number in history, applied to #BeAnAstronaut with NASA as part of the 2017 Astronaut Candidate class. To celebrate that amazing fact and to honor the first human in space, Yuri’s Night, a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating human spaceflight worldwide, commissioned space patch graphic artist Tim Gagnon to design a special commemorative patch. Learn about the limited edition patch design and how to order yours today at: https://yurisnight.net/beanastronaut/

The patches will be available in a limited “1st launch” window for $5 USD each (plus shipping) until April 30th with partial proceeds going to Yuri’s Night to support ongoing spaceflight education efforts. Even for those who didn’t apply to be a NASA Astronaut, these patches show support for the future of human spaceflight and the upcoming class of NASA astronauts. For those that did apply, this patch is “Critical Space Hardware” that applicants will want to have on their journeys to the cosmos.

Yuri’s Night Chairman & President Dr. Ryan Kobrick explained the motivation behind the fundraiser, saying, "The patch is a way to celebrate the record-breaking response to the astronaut selection process. The process asks each applicant to dig down deep and answer the call of why they should represent humanity in space. Selections like these make us all better citizens of our planet as we consider what more we can offer. It also celebrates the workers that support human spaceflight, right down to every nut and bolt, as we are all on-board in this journey. Plus, space patches are cool!"

The Yuri’s Night team was excited to work with Tim Gagnon to offer these special patches this year, as multiple members of the small crew that promotes Yuri’s Night each year applied to the 2017 astronaut class. The Yuri’s Night organization hopes that everyone around the world will someday have the chance to fly in space and celebrates every individual that took the time to apply to join a long line of amazing astronauts at NASA.

About Yuri’s Night
Yuri's Night is a global non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating humanity's past, present and future in space each April 12 in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin's first human spaceflight in 1961 and the inaugural launch of the Space Shuttle in 1981. Since 2001, Yuri’s Night has been celebrated by millions of people in over 120 countries on all seven continents, virtual worlds such as Second Life, and onboard the International Space Station.
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Rick Hanton