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

WSWA-UNOOSA Essay Contest

UNISPACE+50: Space and Society From 20 to 21 June 2018 the international community will gather in Vienna for UNISPACE+50, a special segment of the 61st session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). UNISPACE+50 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. It will also be an opportunity for the international community to gather and consider the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind. In the lead up to UNISPACE+50, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) invite World Space Week volunteers to participate in an essay contest on the role of space and society, now and in the future.   Participants – eligibility: All World Space Week volunteers (volunteering managers, national coordinators, event organizers) Persons who never organized World Space Event can register new event in WSW calendar before contest deadline, September 25, and hold event during the World Space Week, October 4-10. We are encouraging all existing volunteers to organize and register WSW2017 events. Thematic questions: What is the role of space as a solution to global challenges on Earth? What progress do you think humankind will have made in exploring new worlds in space by 2030? What are your proposals for getting people in your country and/or region more engaged in space activities? Your essay must answer all of these questions. Length of every answer must be no more than 500 words, font Verdana or Tahoma, size 12 pt, single spacing. Accepted language is English only. Please, add your...

World Space Week Association Leadership Change

Goran Nikolašević has been selected as interim Executive Director of World Space Week Association, Association President Dennis Stone announced today. “Goran has risen through the ranks of World Space Week due to his dedication, capability, and diligence,” Stone said. Nikolašević began as World Space Week National Coordinator for Croatia, then managed all WSW national coordinators, and became our global Operations Manager last year, he said. Nikolašević succeeds Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty, a recent law PhD graduate who is now focusing on developing her research as a post-doctoral fellow in governance innovation, he said. “Timi served World Space Week Association ably during a crucial period, building the volunteer base and achieving record growth in the scale of this annual global celebration of space,” Stone said. UN-declared World Space Week, October 4-10 annually, had over 2,700 events reported by 1,300 organizations in 86 nations last year. The theme for World Space Week 2017 is “Exploring New Worlds in Space.”  The volunteer-led Association coordinates World Space Week at the global level in support.  ...

World Space Week 2017 Poster Design Announcement

The World Space Week 2017 poster will be designed by renowned space artist Pat Rawlings, it was announced today by World Space Week Association.  The artwork, showing a human stepping on Mars, was chosen to represent the 2017 theme “Exploring New Worlds in Space”. “We are thrilled to work again with Pat Rawlings, the brilliant space artist who has designed posters for several World Space Week since its inception in 2000,” said Dennis Stone, President of World Space Week Association. World Space Week, the largest space celebration on Earth, included 2,700 events in 86 countries last year.  The United Nations-declared event is held annually from October 4 to October 10, according to the Association’s 2016 report. “Youngsters around the globe are excited about the idea of exploring new worlds in space.  World Space Week 2017 will stimulate their interest in learning, so that they might become space explorers of tomorrow,” Stone said. The World Space Week Association Board of Directors selects a different poster each year which best portrays the annual theme of World Space Week.   The poster is distributed each summer to participating nations and its image is widely seen during that week through the world, the Association said. “This year’s theme will focus on both human and robotic exploration of new worlds in space, including exciting plans of the government and private sectors,” Stone said. The Association encourages the space community to celebrate World Space Week 2017 and to add planned events to the calendar at...

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 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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