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 Report 2016

World Space Week Association (WSWA) has released its latest annual report of events organized in 2016. The global network of World Space Week National Coordinators, volunteers, supporters and sponsors together achieved a new record, running over 2700 events across 86 countries during World Space Week 2016. By synchronizing events globally, every year World Space Week provides the space community the leverage to raise public awareness, grow media attention and inspire youth. The theme for 2016 “Remote Sensing – Enabling Our Future” provided an opportunity to recognize the enormous significance of Earth observation from space for the betterment of humanity. Remote sensing is very relevant to all nations across the world and was embraced by everyone who participated in the celebrations during World Space Week. 2016 witnessed several high level events during World Space Week with our partners and sponsors taking the lead. A few of the highlights included Airbus Defence & Space’s astonishing 227 events held in France, a special space and policy panel in Nigeria, and a record number of events held in Pakistan and in the United Kingdom. The top 10 countries with the most number of events recorded (in descending order) were Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Brazil, India, Romania, United Kingdom, Mexico, USA, Spain, and France. World Space Week has grown rapidly in the last 10 years, from less than 500 events in 2007 to more than 2500 events recorded in 2016. As we gear up for the next year, WSWA would like to thank the sponsors, partners, and the global WSW community who have made it the largest space event on Earth. Read the World Space Week 2016...

World Space Week 2016 Breaks Records!

World Space Week 2016 was, by far, the largest space celebration in history.   We estimate that the total number of events will exceed 2,400 in over 80 nations.   This compares to about 1,900 events in 73 nations in 2015.   There were over 1,300 organizations participating.  Reports are still coming in. There are many ways to explore the results of the global WSW 2016 celebration: View global highlights Browse the new nation pages Click on a world map of event locations Search for #worldspaceweek and #wsw2016 on Twitter See posts on the WSW Facebook page Congratulations to all, including the many participating organizations, national coordinators, and World Space Week Association volunteers and staff, sponsors, and partners.  ...

The World Celebrates World Space Week with Over 1000 Registered Events

Find One Near You, Today! Houston, 6th October 2016 – You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or know an astronaut to be part of the global celebration of space taking place this week, October 4-10. “The UN declared in 1999 that everybody should celebrate the benefits of space technology during this week designated World Space Week,” said Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty, Executive Director of World Space Week Association (WSWA). To kick off activities on Tuesday, October 4th, World Space Week Sponsor Lockheed Martin launched a live virtual field trip and prepared teacher guides to teach kids about deep space exploration. On the other side of the world, Chief Minister of Kerala inaugurated the World Space Week program of the Indian Space Agency and at Alton Towers theme park Apollo Astronaut Al Worden launched the week’s activities in the UK which includes workshops, and interplanetary tours. With over 1000 registered World Space Week events in 79 countries, professionals, students, and enthusiasts are invited to join nearby events that are in the World Space Week Events Calendar or register their own event, big or small. It’s not too late to participate in this global celebration, its only day 3! “With our online resource guides for teachers, as well as our posters and other branding material, event organizers can find unique ways to bring the benefits of space to participants in their local environment,” said Timiebi. Some of the global highlights include activities that have been successful for several years, such as the Airbus Space and Defense employee visits to schools in France, Germany and the UK. But others are new this...

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...

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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