Highlights of World Space Week 2016

Events throughout the world will celebrate, educate and inspire the general public and children about Space and its benefits to humankind during World Space Week this year.  Please find a few key events highlighted below.  You can also view the detailed event calendar.


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  • Lockheed Martin in United States of America will be holding a WSW Virtual Field Trip Event on October 4th, 2016 in Colorado.
  • Science Foundation & ESERO Ireland will be organising Moon workshops and Space up Ireland from 3 – 8 October.
  • The Museum of Science & Industry, Florida will on October 8, 2016 host an “Afternoon with NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave” answering question from his 27-day Extra Vehicular Activity in space.
  • Space lecture will be organising an event in Pontefract – England where twins and Astronauts Scott & Mark Kelly will share their one year in Space experience on the 7th & 8th of October 2016.
  • To commemorate WSW 2016, IMAX will be showing space-themed blockbusters and documentaries between October 14 – 20 at several AMC IMAX locations in United States of America.
  •  EORC, Ethiopia in collaboration with MOST is planning to celebrate a day of activity to commemorate World Space Week on October 6.
  • IIITDM Kancheepuram, India and ISRO are organising a 2-day event to celebrate WSW
  • Brazil plans a truly nationwide World Space Week celebration with 159 events including Astrophotography and several public astronomy public sessions.
  • Hundreds of Astrium employees will speak to schools this week in FranceGermany, and the UK.
  • Space Foundation is introducing Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame. Join them October 7, 2016, during World Space Week, for the inaugural landmark gala.  Find more informations here.
  • The Challenger Learning Center, Dudley Observation and Suits-Bueche Planetarium will be having Hands-on Astronomy activities and Digital and Star shows in a weeklong event in New York, United States of America.
  • The National Space Agency of Malaysia plans a entire week of event from October 4th – 10th with activities including Planetarium talks and Solar Observation online Space quiz to celebrate world space week.
  • Kyushu Institute of Technology will hold first ever World Space week event in Kitakyushu, Japan to commemorate World space week. Space Fashion Show, Science Cafe & Astronomy is amongst other events planned.
  • Korolev museum is organizing an Open Source Festival in Ukraine. The planned event aims to combine Visual arts, photography and literature with philosophy, modern science and pedagogy and a host of other events.
  • The regional Government of Catalonia organises on 3rd of October in Barcelona the Awards Ceremony of the European Space Satellite Navigation Competition “Catalonia Challenge 2016. Hence contributing to getting Spain being the Nº 1 worldwide in participating ideas on GNSS applications.
  • On October 8th, +250 STEM professors of Catalonia will find in the Aerospace Campus of Castelldefels, Barcelona, the ‘I Jornada STEM a l’Espai event with many concepts, ideas, and tools to transmit to their students with the help of the “Space” motivation. Specialists from ESA ESAC will present experiences.
  • The Mexican Space Agency has reported that there are about 132 events planned across various states in Mexico to celebrate World space week 2016.
  •  The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s coast in partnership with BRPH and Space Florida are hosting a kick-off Party to celebrate World Space Week.
  • ISRO centers in India will jointly celebrate World Space Week in a weeklong program with student. Amongst other events is an inter-school quiz competition.
  • Colorado Space Heroes, Colorado – United States will hold an event to Honor persons who have advanced Colorado’s Space-related endeavors on the 7th of October.
  • The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovations, University of Nairobi and other notable institutions are jointly organising an event in Nairobi to mark World Space Week with Capacity building and Space application talks.
  • Vikram Sarabhai science foundation is organising World Space week programmes among schools in kerala , india. Students will be involved in Essay Writing and painting Competition, Elocution and Valeditorysession in a 7-day program of events.
  • United States’ NASA will hold a “Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum” – an Educational presentation on Remote Sensing for grade 5-8 in commemoration of World Space Week 2016.
  • As part of the World Space Week celebration 2016, the IPRC India will be conducting competitions to raise awareness and identify talented students in the area space technology.
  • Square kilometer array, South Africa is celebrating World Space Week with several events includes 3rd International Conference on Research Infrastructures, public lectures and Astronomy spin-off’s lectures.
  • Armagh Planetarium Ireland is holding a science panel with several professionals where 40 secondary school students from various local schools ask panelists about future careers and advice for aspiring scientist.
  • Cunard flagship line, Queen Mary 2 California observes space World Space Week with an extraordinary Transatlantic Crossing coinciding with International Space Week in 2017.
  • Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield addresses UK Space Centre in Leicester as World Space Week 2016 kicks off.
  • U.S Mint provides insights to its long connection to Space Program in commemoration of World Space Week. It revealed that coins have successfully hitched rides in Space Shuttle Columbia and Mars Curiosity Rover.

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.

World Space Week 2016 in the News

  • Time.com reports 2016 World Space Week themed “Remote Sensing Enabling Our Future” by focusing on the U.S Landsat mission that celebrated its 50th anniversary this September.
  • Inmarsat supports World Space Week 2016 in emphasizing the importance of remote sensing in securing our planet’s future.
  • Indiatimes honors World Space Week 2016 by highlighting 10 most Starry Achievements in Space



For World Space Week 2015 Highlights, please click here.




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