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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 1,800 events in 73 countries celebrated the benefits of space and excitement about space exploration in 2015. With our new Theme “Remote Sensing – Enabling Our Future” we aim to inspire even more events around the world in October 2016.

“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 in emerging space nations

As we gear up for the 2016 edition of World Space Week, the association is promoting WSW at this year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the world’s premier space event. The 67th IAC is hosted in Mexico, a country that has been a tremendous promoter of World Space Week in recent years. The Mexican Space Agency or Agencia Espacial Mexicana (AEM), formally established in 2010, has been coordinating World Space Week in the country for the last four years. The AEM chose World Space Week for creating awareness of space, in order to take advantage of the international exposure, UN endorsement, and WSW’s flexible format. From 7000 participants spread across 10 states in 2013, WSW in Mexico grew to almost 112,000 participants across 22 states in 2015. Run on very small budgets, AEM has reached close to 200,000 individuals in all parts of Mexico through World Space Week. In 2015, a total of 172 events were reported, conducted at universities, schools and other institutions. World Space Week can thus be a great framework for countries and agencies to foster and promote space and its benefits for...

2016 Event Highlights

The following are some of the highlight events planned for World Space Week 2016 Lockheed Martin in United States of America will be holding a WSW Virtual Field Trip Event on October 4th, 2016 in Colorado Science Foundation & ESERO Ireland will be organising Moon workshops and Space up Ireland from 3 – 8 October. The Museum of Science & Industry, Florida will on October 8, 2016 host an “Afternoon with NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave” answering question from his 27-day Extra Vehicular Activity in space Space lecture will be organising an event in Pontefract – England where twins and Astronauts Scott & Mark Kelly will share their one year in Space experience on the 7th & 8th of October 2016 To commemorate WSW 2016, IMAX will be showing space-themed blockbusters and documentaries between October 14 – 20 at several AMC IMAX locations in United States of America  EORC, Ethiopia in collaboration with MOST is planning to celebrate a day of activity to commemorate World Space Week on October 6 IIITDM Kancheepuram, India and ISRO are organising a 2-day event to celebrate WSW Armagh Planetarium will hold a Digital theatre show on the 4th of October to celebrate WSW 2016 in North Ireland Brazil plans a truly nationwide World Space Week celebration with 159 events including Astrophotography and several public astronomy public sessions. Hundreds of Astrium employees will speak to schools this week in France, Germany, and the UK. Teachers globally will use space during World Space Week to inspire children to...

Explore the Many Ways to Celebrate World Space Week

World Space Week is held every October and celebrates the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. Space and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) events are held October 4 – 10, to commemorate two big events in space history, but the celebration takes place all month long all over the world. Last year, over 1,800 events were held in 73 countries. We hope to beat that number this year by encouraging people to participate in the upcoming World Space Week. Create Your Own World Space Week Event Participating in World Space Week is as simple as having some friends over for a movie marathon, or creating an activity for students in the classroom. Your event can be public or private, entirely up to you. Just don’t forget to register your event with us so we can record it for 2016! You can find many creative event ideas on our website. Here are a few: Build your own spacecraft using free print-it-yourself paper cutout satellite models (available for print our website) Use Google Earth to visit the Seven Wonders of the World, ancient battle sites, the launch pads at Cape Canaveral, or the pyramids Hosting a movie marathon with classic space flicks like Star Trek, Star Wars, Apollo 13, Interstellar, The Martian, Gravity, Contact, 2001: A Space Odyssey, etc. Gathering a few fitness friends to “train like an astronaut” and exercise for a couple of hours (yoga, running, walking, tennis, weight-lifting, swimming, etc.) Arrange a star party with friends and locate the constellations! No telescope necessary! Use sites like Dark Site Finder to find...

Matters of Outer Space: United Nations and World Space Week

World Space Week is a worldwide celebration of science and technology declared by the 54th session of the United Nations General Assembly in 1999. Each year, from October 04-10, World Space Week Association (WSWA) coordinates the global efforts through its network of national coordinators and volunteers around the globe. The United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) endorses the peaceful use and exploration of space for the benefit of all humanity. The United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is the secretariat to COPUOS and also promotes international cooperation and utilisation of space science and technology for sustainable development. WSWA is a permanent observer of the UNCOPUOS and reports back the results of World Space Week annually to the United Nations. Most recently, WSWA participated in the 59th session of the UN COPUOS in Vienna. WSWA was represented by the operations manager, Goran Nikolasevic, who read a statement on World Space Week activities in 2015 and the plans for 2016. Read the UN resolution declaring World Space Week: http://www.unoosa.org/pdf/gares/ARES_54_68E.pdf UNOOSA: http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/aboutus/roles-responsibilities.html COPUOS reports:...

World Space Week 2016

“Remote Sensing – Enabling Our Future”

 

Each year, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) selects a theme for the upcoming World Space Week (WSW) to provide a focus for the activities and events that take place throughout the world, during 4-10 October. WSWA is pleased to announce the theme for 2016: “Remote Sensing: Enabling Our Future,” an inward looking theme which celebrates Earth Observation from Space for the betterment of the human race. It means to highlight a host of classic Earth Observation missions such as the U.S. Landsat mission, the work of intergovernmental groups such as GEOSS Group on Earth Observations and emphasizes applications such as environment and agriculture monitoring, land use mapping and new uses such as location based services. Last year’s theme, “Discovery” celebrated the exciting discoveries in space, teaching us a lot about our origins and our future. According to Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty, Executive Director, “The focus this year of the benefits of remote sensing is very timely because the rising use of imagery and data is expected to stimulate market growth and revolutionize how powerful tools and data enhance lives and enable a future that we can impact positively.” We are convinced that this exciting theme will help inspire event organizers to set up wonderful events at schools, universities, science centers, planetaria, astronomy clubs, companies and museums, making World Space Week 2016 the biggest ever, remarked Goran Nikolasevic, Operations manager!

 

 


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