Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

Tonight, across the world, people will be going to space-themed parties to celebrate Yuri's Night, an annual event honoring Yuri Gagarin - the first person to survive space flight. Here is a gallery of art celebrating his great adventure.

50 years ago today, Yuri orbited the Earth. He returned home to his native Soviet Union as an international hero, and spent the next 8 years touring the world, touting the USSR's great Cosmonaut program. Though he died in a tragic plane crash in 1969, thousands of artists remember him in art devoted to his flight - and humanity's quest to one day journey far into space and find new homes among the stars. Here we've collected some gorgeous examples of art celebrating Yuri's Night - and Yuri himself.

Want to find a Yuri's Night celebration in your area? They're happening in cities from Bogotá, Columbia, to Mountain View, California. Check the party list on the official Yuri's Night site.

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Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

A commemorative stamp celebrating Yuri's flight, from

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

Sculpture at Yuri's Night party. Photo by Declan McCullagh.

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

Soviet architecture inspired by a rocket. Photo by Frederic Chaubin. See more of Chaubin's photography of Soviet architecture.

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

Russia's "Park of Memory," featuring what looks like a crashed space capsule. Photo by Frederic Chaubin. See more of Chaubin's photography of Soviet architecture.

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in space

Light sculpture from Yuri's Night party, Silicon Valley. Photo by Jason Unbound.

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

Light sculpture from Yuri's Night party, Silicon Valley. Photo by Jason Unbound.

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in space

Light sculpture from Yuri's Night party, Silicon Valley. Photo by Jason Unbound.

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

A monument to Yuri in Russia. Photo by Slavophile.

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

Pablo Picasso painted this for Yuri after his flight in 1961.

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

Yuri postcard, from the 1960s

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

1960s Russian poster for Yuri

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

By Robert Lindsay. See more from the exhibition, called Countdown to Yuri's Night.

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

"The Raygun Gothic Rocketship," a statue at Yuri's Night Bay Area (now permanently installed in San Francisco). via NASA

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

Russian statue commemorating Yuri. Photo by Yuriy Lapitskiy.

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

By Todd Gardner. See more from the exhibition, called Countdown to Yuri's Night.

Celebrate Yuri's Night with art inspired by the first human in spaceS

By Todd Gardner. See more from the exhibition, called Countdown to Yuri's Night.