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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 4,000 events in 82 countries celebrated the benefits of space and excitement about space exploration in 2017. With our new Theme “Space Unites The World” we aim to inspire even more events globally in October 2018.

“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


WSW2018 Poster Artwork Solicitation

World Space Week Association (WSWA) seeks a poster artist to design the World Space Week 2018 poster. UN-declared World Space Week is the largest space event on Earth, held October 4-10 each year. In 2017, it was celebrated with over 3,800 events in 82 nations. Each year, the Association publishes a poster which is used around the world. The poster reflects the annual theme of World Space Week. In 2018 the theme will be “Space Unites the World.”

This solicitation is open to all amateur and professional artists.

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World Space Week 2018 Theme: “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 today 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.”

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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...

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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