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If there is one thing we know you love, it’s a good museum after-hours party and next Thursday, July 25th, Smithsonian kicks off their SMITHSONIAN AT 8 series with a Yuri’s Night bash.

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HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT:

Yuri’s Night at the Smithsonian marks the 52nd anniversary of that historic blastoff—as well as the 44th anniversary of the first moon landing. Grab a specialty cocktail and get in on the conversation about the future as you chat spaceships, tech and science with the folks from SpaceUp DC. Be a citizen scientist with the Science Cheerleaders and collect microbe samples for the International Space Station. Show off your geek chic or lunar luxe for a costume contest with prizes from ThinkGeek. Get an inside look at a space shuttle orbiter in amazing 360-degree GigaPan images by photographer John Brack. Sound good? THERE’S MORE.

In the vacuum of space, sway to the sounds of the Silent Disco with music spun by DJ Collective OneLoveMassive. (VIP ticket-holders can sample the Cuban dishes that Kennedy Space Center staffer Ivette Jones prepares for astronauts on launch days.) As the sun goes down and the stars come out, surround yourself with a mix of space facts and fun at a stellar evening you won’t want to miss.

General Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door, while VIP admission tickets cost $25 and include special talk and tastings.

Want to skip all that money nonsense and go for free? We just happen to have a pair of tickets to give away. To win, leave us a comment telling us where in DC you WISH someone would throw a big, splashy party. We’ll notify the winner by COB Monday. Cool? Cool. (Be sure to leave your email address!)

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For tickets and further information the public may call 202-633-3030 or visit www.SMITHSONIANat8.com

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