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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 Poster Announced

The World Space Week 2018 poster was unveiled today by World Space Week Association (WSWA). UN-declared World Space Week, October 4-10 annually, is celebrated by thousands of organizations.  World Space Week 2017 had over 3,700 reported events in 80 nations according to WSWA. The 2018 poster depicts the theme “Space Unites the World.”  The theme is chosen by the WSWA Board of Directors, chaired by Dr. Francisco Javier Mendieta, Director General of the Mexican Space Agency. “This year’s poster symbolizes how space brings the people of the world together,” said Dr. Mendieta. “Communication satellites keep people close by linking places far apart.  Earth observing satellites help keep people safe in case of disasters.  And global positioning satellites help us find our way in this vast world,” he said. This year’s theme recognizes UNISPACE + 50, a United Nations conference of world space leaders to be held next month in Vienna, according to WSWA.  The UN General Assembly declared World Space Week in 1999 as an annual international celebration about space. The 2018 poster was designed by student Hannah Halcro, selected in a global poster contest by the WSWA Board, said Association President Dennis Stone. Hannah is an undergraduate aerospace engineering student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and is active in the student group Space Concordia. “I first got involved with World Space Week in 2017 when students put together the first Montreal Space Symposium, a two-day public event the goal of making space accessible to everyone,” Hannah said.  “I enjoy balancing the art and technical aspects of engineering, ” she said. The Association will distribute the poster in print...

Lunar Theme Announced for World Space Week 2019

The theme of World Space Week 2019, “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars,” was announced today by World Space Week Association (WSWA). “Next year will be the 50th anniversary of humankind’s first footprints on the Moon,” said WSWA President Dennis Stone.  “Today, space agencies across the world plan lunar missions. The Moon is thus the logical choice for the focus of World Space Week 2019,” he said. UN-declared World Space Week, October 4-10 every year, is celebrated globally with thousands of activities.  World Space Week 2017 had over 3,700 events in 80 nations, according to the Association. In 2018, the World Space Week theme will be “Space Unites the World.” The theme is decided by the WSWA Board of Directors, chaired by Dr. Francisco Javier Mendieta, Director General of the Mexican Space Agency. “2019 will be the 20th celebration of World Space Week,” Stone said. 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 an international non-government organization and was incorporated as an IRS-approved 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States in 1982.  It is led by an esteemed Board of Directors comprised of global space leaders and other dignitaries, an executive team...

WSW Association Elects New Officers, Announces 2017 Results

      February 2, 2018 – World Space Week Association (WSWA) today released its 2017 report, announcing record growth of World Space Week (WSW) last year with an official 3,746 events in 80 nations.   UN-declared WSW is held October 4-10 annually. Also announced today was the election of seven new WSWA officers: Ben Baseley-Walker, Executive VP Athiye Jawad, VP-Development Catherine Doldirina, VP-Board Relations and Secretary Alex Karl, VP-Partners and Programs Tiffany Chow, VP-Project Management Armengol Torres, VP-Education and Coordinators Andrea Boyd, VP-Space Sector and Social Media “We welcome these vibrant space leaders to help power growth of the World Space Week celebration and of World Space Week Association,” said Dennis Stone, WSWA President. Saudi Arabia led the world with the nearly 1,000 events during WSW 2017, it was announced.  The Kingdom’s participation was led by its Ministry of Education, which used WSW to teach STEM in schools throughout the nation.  Pakistan was second with 474 events, and Ireland third with 313 events. World Space Week 2017 was 37% larger than the previous year, the Association reported. The Board of Directors, at its meeting today in Vienna chaired by Mexican Space Agency Director Francisco Javier Mendieta, also elected Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty to the Board and promoted Michel Laffaiteur and Ali Al-Mashat to the position of Senior Vice President. It was also announced that Executive Director Goran Nikolasevic will leave the Association.   “Goran was a very hard worker, highly dedicated to World Space Week, and we are sorry to see him go,” Stone said. About World Space Week The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is celebrated October...

WSW 2018 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

“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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