World Space Week

Since its United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth. More than 2,700 events in 86 countries celebrated the benefits of space and excitement about space exploration in 2016. With our new Theme “Exploring New Worlds In Space” we aim to inspire even more events around the world in October 2017.

“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition”

UN General Assembly resolution, 6 December 1999

WSW2018 Poster Artwork Solicitation

World Space Week Association (WSWA) seeks a poster artist to design the World Space Week 2018 poster. UN-declared World Space Week is the largest space event on Earth, held October 4-10 each year. In 2017, it was celebrated with over 3,800 events in 82 nations.  Each year, the Association publishes a poster which is used around the world.  The poster reflects the annual theme of World Space Week.  In 2018 the theme will be “Space Unites the World.”   This solicitation is open to all amateur and professional artists.   The selected artist will receive publicity across the global space community: Artist name and link will be on the poster which will be distributed, both in print and electronically, to over 1,000 World Space Week event organizers. The poster will also be seen by global space leaders, such as at the UN Committee On the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS), International Astronautical Congress, and other venues Press release by WSWA announcing selected artist and promoted via all our social media channels Please note that there will be no compensation paid to the winning artist. CRITERIA The poster needs to reflect the “Space Unites the World.” The theme is inspired by UNISPACE+50 which will be held in 2018. The poster should be bold and simple, to be easily understood and acceptable internationally.  Please see our historic poster gallery for examples of past posters. TO RESPOND Email a color PDF of your rough poster concept(s) together with Application form to contest@worldspaceweek.org by midnight Central European Time on 12 January 2018. FINAL ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS B2 size (500 x 707mm or 19.7 x 27.8 in) Either...

World Space Week 2018 Theme: “Space Unites the World”

Houston – December 12, 2017 The theme for UN-declared World Space Week 2018 will be “Space Unites the World,” it was announced today by World Space Week Association (WSWA). “World Space Week, October 4-10, 2018 will celebrate the role of space in bringing the world closer together,” said WSWA President Dennis Stone. The theme is inspired by UNISPACE+50, an historic gathering of world space leaders which will occur in 2018. UNISPACE+50 will promote cooperation between spacefaring and emerging space nations and help space exploration activities become open and inclusive on a global scale, according to the UN. WSWA Executive Director Goran Nikolašević said, “World Space Week 2017 broke records with over 4,000 events. Most events were held in countries which are not top space-faring nations, showing the strength of World Space Week in the developing world.” “Rapid growth of World Space Week reflects widespread acceptance of this synchronized timeframe to celebrate space, inspire students using space, and promote space programs, policies, and organizations,” Stone said.   WSW is celebrated by a network of over 1,000 space-related organizations, the largest such network in the world, according to WSWA. The Association’s Board each year selects a theme for World Space Week to provide a focus of the activities and events that take a place in over 80 nations during 4-10 October.  WSW event organizers are encouraged to incorporate the theme into their activities and promotional materials. To see the history of World Space Week themes, please click here. About World Space Week The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is celebrated October 4-10 annually. It is an international celebration...

World Space Week Enters New Chapter Of Growth With Striking New Brand Identity

Houston (November 29, 2017) – Today, 18-year-old World Space Week is stepping into a new chapter of growth and expansion. Along with the recent election of Dr. Francisco Javier Mendieta, Director General of the Mexican Space Agency, to Chair the Association – the first-ever election of the head of a space agency to lead the organization – World Space Week Association is proud to unveil a striking new visual brand identity (new logo, color palette and overall design) – the first update to the event’s aesthetic since its founding. Having attracted millions of participants since its inception in 1999, with 3,500+ activities in 82 nations during WSW2017 alone, WSWA president Dennis Stone has bold aspirations for the organization: “One million events in 10 years.” This new brand identity signifies renewed commitment to bringing many more humans closer to space, and indelibly marks this inflection point in the organization.   About The New Brand Identity Born of careful consideration and partnership between the WSWA Board and Cosma Schema, a design agency founded specifically to create greater understanding, accessibility and excitement about outer space, WSWA’s new visual brand identity is modern, sophisticated, and powerful. The new logo cites cosmic origins in its graceful suggestion the organization’s core values: inclusivity, synergy and the union of humanity and space. Its proportions are derived from a ratio based on the actual sizes of the earth and moon when placed adjacent to one another. Along with its strikingly simple form, the unexpected choice of electric purple communicates power of a regal order and a distinct breath of fresh air and innovation amidst of sea of...

Mendieta Elected Chair of World Space Week Association

Adelaide (September 27, 2017) – Dr. Francisco Javier Mendieta-Jiminez, General Director of the Mexican Space Agency, was today elected Chair of World Space Week Association.   Mendieta is the first head of a space agency to lead the Association. “We are deeply honored to elect Dr. Mendieta as our new Chair,” said Max Grimard, outgoing Chair of the Association.  “Under his leadership, the Mexican Space Agency has dramatically expanded the number of World Space Week to inspire students across Mexico.  This is a great example for the world.” Dr. Christopher Welch was elected Deputy Chair, it was also announced today.  Dr. Welch directs the masters program of International Space University. UN-declared World Space Week is celebrated October 4-10 annually.  A total of 2,800 events were reported in 86 countries during World Space Week in 2016, according to the Association. The theme for World Space Week 2017 is “Exploring New Worlds in Space.”  For more information on World Space Week, including planned events for October 4-10 around the world, visit www.worldspaceweek.org. Chair:  Francisco Javier Mendieta-Jiménez, Ph.D. Francisco Javier Mendieta-Jimenez is the General Director of the Mexican Space Agency. Prior to his appointment, he was involved in development projects on applications of optical fibers to electrical power systems at the Institute for Electrical Research, Mexico.  Mendieta-Jiminez previously served as Director of the Applied Physics Division and General Director of the Center for Scientific Research and High Education of Ensenada, Baja, California (CICESE), where he formed the optical communications group and laboratory and lead diverse research and development projects on optical telecommunications, free space optical satellite communications and detection. He was a candidate...

World Space Week 2017

“Exploring New Worlds in Space”


Each year, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) selects a theme for the upcoming World Space Week (WSW) to provide a focus of the activities and events that take a place throughout the world, during 4-10 October . WSWA is pleased to announce the 2017 World Space Week Theme: “Exploring New Worlds in Space”.

The 2017 World Space Week Theme is an outward facing theme that serves to inspire the World. It puts as a focal point astrobiology missions like New Horizons (NASA’s first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt); feats on engineering such as Lockheed Martin’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (NASA’s first spacecraft designed to facilitate long-duration, human-rated deep space exploration of new worlds) and efforts of New Space actors such as Space X (revolutionary space technology projects with ultimate goal of enabling people to inhabit other planets like Mars) and other entities with a vision for exploration and utilization of extraterrestrial resources, such as metals from asteroids, water from the Moon, and unlimited solar energy in Earth orbit.

From the first race to the South Pole, and first solo flight accross Atlantic, to the opening of a sea route from Europe to the East, exploration and adventures have always defined our very existence as inhabitants of planet Earth. World Space Week celebrations in 2017 will open-up avenues to improve the vast human knowledge and awareness of the clear benefits of space technology and its applications. This will also illustrate that our exploration potential has no end, and that the sky is not the limit for the many wonders of human discovery. Last year’s inward looking theme “Remote sensing: Enabling our future” celebrated Earth Observation from the Space for the betterment of human race and witnessed a record-braking 2700+ events from a total of 86 participating countries. This made it by far the largest space celebration in history and we hope to surpass that in 2017!

According to the WSWA’s Executive Director, Dr. Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty, “This year’s theme will enable the debates surrounding where we explore next, be it on Moon, Mars or even beyond, to inspire event organizers to set up exciting space exploration events at schools, universities, science centres, planetaria, astronomy clubs, companies, and even museums. By appealing to our human nature, which loves exploration and adventure, World Space Week 2017 could be the biggest ever.” Anyone, from anywhere in the world, can create a World Space Week event. “Our 2017 theme is to be used as a guideline for creating events, however, WSWA accepts the registration of any space-related events, held between 4-10th October as an official World Space Week event” said Goran Nikolasevic, WSWA’s Operations Manager.


WSW event organizers are encouraged to incorporate the theme and poster into their activities and promotional materials. To see the history of World Space Week themes, please click here.

How do you celebrate World Space Week? It is much simpler than you may think! Just have a look at these simple steps on How to Organize a World Space Week Event.

World Space Week 2017 Events

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