Archive for April, 2012
by Richard Trombly
12 April 2012 Beijing –– A small group of space exploration enthusiasts gathered today at Beijing’s Veggie Table restaurant for the “Space Drinks” event held by Boris Yim in honor of Yuri’s Night, an event to commemorate the first Human space flight by Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gegarin on 12 April 1961. http://yurisnight.net/ sponsors the “Yuri’s Night world space party” and Boris organized the only such gathering in China.
“We came here tonight to honor the first human spaceflight,” said Boris Yim. “While just 20 years later on this day the first space shuttle launched, but now China is making the news in space.”
Boris, a Hong Kong native, has reason for taking pride in China’s accomplishments. China has recently launched the successful Chang’e-2 Moon orbiter and is constructing the next Moon mission, has a space station Tiangong-1 and is cornering an increasing share of the satellite launch market. It also has a vision to send astronauts to the Moon and Mars in the near future.
Boris Yim is an aerospace engineer that graduated from the University of Michigan and has been active in advocacy of space exploration and has been recognized for his enthusiasm for this field with numerous scholarships such as the 2004 Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship as well as recognition by the Mars Society for his paper on “Why Mars” and Boris commanded a mission group at the Mars Society Desert Research Station, a simulated Mars habitat from which teams of scientists live together and conduct research in a simulated Mars environment.