07 July 2010

A4H Co-Founder Named Executive Director of Yuri's Night

A4H co-founder Dr. Ryan Kobrick has been named the next Executive Director of Yuri's Night.  Effective July 1st, Ryan will be taking the position previously held by Yuri's Night co-founder Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides in leading the executive Global Team for Yuri's Night 2011. He will also be supervising the team’s Operations Committee, which manages the strategy, partnerships and internal affairs of Yuri’s Night.

Yuri's Night aspires to promote space and global cooperation by coordinating and hosting space-related celebrations all over the world every April 12. Yuri's Night 2011 will coincide with the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight (12 April 1961), as well as the 30th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle flight (12 April 1981).  April 12th is special to A4H as well, as it is the date when A4H officially came into existence, signaling the start of a new era of commercial human spaceflight. Inspiring the next generation is a critical component of both the A4H and Yuri's Night missions.

Dr. Ryan Kobrick at Yuri's Night Boulder 2010. Photo Credit: Amnon Govrin.

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