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More than 60 years ago, the world got serious about exploring space. The global fascination with the great beyond led to a massive race between the United States and the Soviet Union to be the first to hit space travel milestones. In 1961, the Soviet Union became the first country to launch a person into space, and that person was Yuri Gagarin.

The Museum of Flight is celebrating the 58th anniversary of this momentous occasion with a party called Yuri’s Night on April 12. The event will feature space-themed music, dancing, virtual reality and other activities celebrating mankind’s first trip to outer space.

The Pacific Science Center will be celebrating history as well, but in the opposite direction from space. Taking place April 16, Mysteries of the Deep: Seattle’s Underwater Secrets is a presentation from global underwater explorers. These experts will share their adventures with the help of modern photogrammetry of some crashed planes, ships and other underwater artifacts that are resting at the bottom of the ocean around our area.

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