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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 3,700 events in 80 countries celebrated the benefits of space and excitement about space exploration in 2017.  The 2018 theme is “Space Unites The World” and 2019 theme “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 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 Begins

WORLD SPACE WEEK BEGINS – WORLD’S LARGEST SPACE EVENT – OCTOBER 4-10 (Houston – October 3, 2018) — World Space Week (WSW) kicks off Thursday 4th of October with thousands of events globally, inspiring students and focusing on international cooperation in space. Events will continue through October 10. “World Space Week was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999. Since then, it has grown to be the largest space celebration on Earth.” says World Space Week Association President Dennis Stone. Last year the celebration included 3,700 events in 80 countries. This year’s theme “Space Unites The World” focuses on how space brings the world together. It was inspired by UNISPACE+50, an historic gathering of world space leaders held in June this year. This event paved the way for strengthened cooperation between spacefaring and emerging space nations and will help space activities become more inclusive on a global scale. Global highlights of World Space Week 2018 include: IMAX will release a series of mini space documentaries every day during WSW. Queen Mary 2 makes a transatlantic World Space Week cruise. ESA will host an Open Day on October 7 at ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education will use World Space Week to inspire students across the country. Special advance screenings of National Geographic’s Mars 2 docu-series in the USA. Airbus employees will talk about space in hundreds of schools across Western Europe. More highlights and a complete list of all worldwide activities can be found on www.worldspaceweek.org.  About World Space Week The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is celebrated October 4-10...
Maruška Strah Selected as World Space Week Association Executive Director

Maruška Strah Selected as World Space Week Association Executive Director

Maruška Strah Selected as World Space Week Association Executive Director For Immediate Release September 14, 2018 Maruška Strah was named Executive Director of World Space Week Association, it was announced today. “Maruška brings international relations skills and passion for space to the global coordination of UN-declared World Space Week,” said Association President Dennis Stone. A native of Slovenia, Strah studied International Relations at Webster University Vienna, where she completed her master’s degree and discovered her deep interest for space. This interest developed further while working at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs “I am excited to work with the Association and help write the amazing story of World Space Week success,” said Strah. “Space has been a great interest of mine ever since I read my first chapter on international space law. I am thrilled to start my space story at WSWA right before this year’s World Space Week.” “I will do my best to bring space closer to humanity through the annual celebration of World Space Week. I especially look forward to inspiring young people using space during WSW. Indeed, students today can truly aim for the stars,” she said. World Space Week, October 4-10 each year, consists of thousands of events in over 80 nations to inspire youth and educate the public about space. Events are held by schools, space companies, space agencies, museums, astronomy clubs, and volunteers globally who synchronize space outreach to maximize impact, according to the Association. For information about World Space Week 2018, please visit www.worldspaceweek.org. About World Space Week The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is...

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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