Seattle celebrates space at the Needle The Daily

On the anniversary of the day Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth in 1961, more than 100 students, space addicts and self-described sci-fi fanatics gathered at the top of the Space Needle for a night of celebration in the Soviet cosmonaut’s honor. The local event was the brainchild of Graylan Vincent, who graduated from UW with a bachelor’s degree in geology and aeronautical and astronautical engineering last quarter. Vincent first heard of the global celebrations of Yuri’s Night from a colleague at NASA, where he worked last summer.