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

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...

WSWA-UNOOSA Essay Contest

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN OOSA) and World Space Week Association (WSWA) are announcing Essay contest winner: Winner of the Essay contest is Mr. Ramasamy Venugopal from South Africa. Mr. Venugopal will receive a flag flown in space ship Orion during the mission EFT-1 with plaque. The winning essay will be published for a period of six months on UNOOSA’s website, in World Space Week section. There is also one essay as the first runner up with a special mention, written by Mr. Ganiy Agbaje from Nigeria. Essay of Mr. Agbaje will be published at UNOOSA’s website, in World Space Week section.   Congratulations to the winner!       UNISPACE+50: Space and Society From 20 to 21 June 2018 the international community will gather in Vienna for UNISPACE+50, a special segment of the 61st session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). UNISPACE+50 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. It will also be an opportunity for the international community to gather and consider the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind. In the lead up to UNISPACE+50, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) invite World Space Week volunteers to participate in an essay contest on the role of space and society, now and in the future.   Participants – eligibility: All World Space Week volunteers (volunteering managers, national coordinators, event organizers) Persons who never organized World Space Event can register new event in WSW calendar before...

World Space Week Association Leadership Change

Goran Nikolašević has been selected as interim Executive Director of World Space Week Association, Association President Dennis Stone announced today. “Goran has risen through the ranks of World Space Week due to his dedication, capability, and diligence,” Stone said. Nikolašević began as World Space Week National Coordinator for Croatia, then managed all WSW national coordinators, and became our global Operations Manager last year, he said. Nikolašević succeeds Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty, a recent law PhD graduate who is now focusing on developing her research as a post-doctoral fellow in governance innovation, he said. “Timi served World Space Week Association ably during a crucial period, building the volunteer base and achieving record growth in the scale of this annual global celebration of space,” Stone said. UN-declared World Space Week, October 4-10 annually, had over 2,700 events reported by 1,300 organizations in 86 nations last year. The theme for World Space Week 2017 is “Exploring New Worlds in Space.”  The volunteer-led Association coordinates World Space Week at the global level in support.  ...

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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