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World Space Week

World Space Week, October 4-10 annually, is the largest space event on Earth. More than 5,000 events in over 80 countries celebrated the theme “Space Unites the World” in 2018.  The 2019 theme is “The Moon:  Gateway to the Stars.”

“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, Biggest Space Event on Earth, Grew 45% in 2018

World Space Week, Biggest Space Event on Earth, Grew 45% in 2018

The annual World Space Week celebration each October 4-10 continues to break records, with a reported 5,422 events in 86 countries last year, it was announced today. “World Space Week 2018 had 45% more events than the previous year,” said Dennis Stone, President of World Space Week Association.  “We saw growing participation in Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and India, as well as across Europe and the United States,” he said. The World Space Week 2018 Annual Report was released today for presentation at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space meeting now in Vienna, Austria.   “World Space Week showcases the importance of space and provides an opportunity to everyone to have their voice heard, no matter the age, gender or nationality,” said Maruška Strah, World Space Week Association’s Executive Director. Highlights of World Space Week 2018 included nationwide activities in Saudi schools, nationwide celebrations across Pakistan, and a rich diversity of events in such countries as Croatia, Syria, Ethiopia, Ireland, Nigeria, Romania, and Thailand, all celebrating the theme “Space Unites the World,” according to the Association. This coming October 4-10, World Space Week 2019 will celebrate “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars” in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon and the importance of our nearest celestial neighbor in future space plans, the Association reported. 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 of the contribution of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.  World Space Week consists of...

WSWA seeks Grants Proposal Manager

World Space Week Association (WSWA) is seeking a Grants Proposal Manager, to assist with funding of the largest space celebration on Earth.  The position of the Grant Proposal Manager will be a part time, voluntary position. The position can be performed from anywhere in the world.   The application deadline is December 10, 2018.  Below is more information. To apply, please send your CV a list of relevant experiences and a cover letter to Ms. Maruška Strah to mstrah@worldspaceweek.org. Short listed candidates will be contacted in the mid December. Position Description and Qualifications Grants Proposal Manager should be able to identify relevant grants and funding opportunities and be able to write successful proposals in accordance with the funder’s requirements. Experience with successful applications for grants and funding opportunities is required. Term The term is two years, approximately January 2019 to January 2021 and can be extended, if both parties agree. Compensation Position is voluntary.  Based on performance and financial success, compensation will be...
World Space Week 2018 Broke Records

World Space Week 2018 Broke Records

(Houston – October 11, 2018) – World Space Week, October 4-10, 2018 was celebrated at a record-breaking scale, it was reported today by World Space Week Association. A total of 4,413 World Space Week 2018 events were reported in 93 countries as of today by over 3,000 organizations. “These are all new records, and the numbers are expected to grow as reports continue to come in,” said Maruška Strah, the Association’s Executive Director. “Saudi Arabia was by far the greatest participant with over 2,500 reported events,” Strah said.  Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education uses World Space Week in the nation’s schools each year to promote STEM education, the Association reported. Other top countries participating in UN-declared World Space Week 2018, include India, Romania, Croatia, and the United States according to preliminary data. Highlights of this year’s global celebration included talks to schools across Western Europe by Airbus employees, daily IMAX videos on Instagram, public telescope viewings, open houses at space facilities, pictures of large events from space by Planet, and a special transatlantic crossing of the Queen Mary 2. “We thank all the participants, coordinators, and World Space Week Association volunteers and staff, sponsors and partners for this record-breaking year,” said Strah.  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 of the contribution of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. World Space Week consists of a myriad of space-related events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs in a common timeframe to achieve...
World Space Week Association signs Memorandum of Understanding with Moon Village Association

World Space Week Association signs Memorandum of Understanding with Moon Village Association

On October 4th 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Moon Village Association (MVA) President Mr. Giuseppe Reibaldi, and World Space Week Association (WSWA) represented by President Mr. Dennis Stone, during the 69th annual International Astronautical Congress hosted by International Astronautical Federation in Bremen, Germany. In the agreement, Moon Village Association and World Space Week Association agreed to support their mutual goals of internationally promoting space, astronomy and science, public outreach and education through participation and dialogue. At the same time, the linkage between MVA and WSWA, will be enhanced thanks to this agreement. Together, they will stimulate global awareness of the prospective benefits of the Moon Village, with arguments about how Earth’s citizens, regions, and the environment will benefit in the near and mid-term if humanity advances to establish a permanent base on the Moon. The MVA and WSWA agreement is intended to foster a long-term relationship between the Associations and to promote their respective achievements, including plans for promotion. In this signing ceremony, Mr. Giuseppe Reibaldi stated “MVA will support the World Space Week Association and its World Space Week annual events taking place from October 4th to 10th. It is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.” Mr Reibaldi showed a great expectation for the 2019 theme which will be “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.” Mr. Dennis Stone added: “In 2019, World Space Week’s theme will focus on the Moon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing. Under this agreement with MVA, WSW 2019 will seek global public input on...

World Space Week 2018

“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 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 of the contribution of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. World Space Week consists of a myriad of space-related events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs in a common timeframe to achieve greater student and public impact through synchronization.

About World Space Week Association

World Space Week Association is the global coordinator of World Space Week. WSWA is an international non-government, non-profit organization incorporated in the United States in 1982. It is led by a Board comprised of global space leaders and dignitaries, an executive team that manages operations, and volunteers that support them. The Association is permanent observer on the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and is supported by voluntary contributions of sponsors including Lockheed Martin.


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