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...

Space Selfies During World Space Week 2018

Overview World Space Week Association (WSWA) seeks proposals for “space selfies” during World Space Week, October 4-10, 2018.   These will be pictures taken from space of very large WSW events.  These images will be taken by Planet using its 3-meter resolution satellites.  An example is the small photo at top-right, where a tiny “Hi” made by cows can be discerned.  (Note the larger photo is from a drone.) Qualifications WSW 2018 Space Selfie events must meet these criteria: Temporary very large structure visible from space Formed by many people, cars, animals, tarps, blankets, etc. Structure should make an interesting shape, such as a word or symbol.  A symbol related to space, World Space Week, or the 2018 theme is encouraged. Must have high contrast with the background landscape Size: at least 50 x 50 meters.  Larger is better. Location: large open field Date: Any day(s) during October 4-10, 2018. Time: Approximately 1000-1100 local time Low likelihood of clouds Event must be entered in the World Space Week 2018 Calendar with complete data Optional:  A drone could take a high-altitude photo to compare with the space photo (as in the “cow selfie” example shown above) Must have a media plan to promote this event Process Submit a proposal for a WSW 2018 Space Selfie here by September 1, 2018 WSWA will seek from Planet more specific times for qualified events, and will communicate these to selected event holders. In any case, you should hold your event if weather permits, since Planet satellites will take a photo of virtually all locations on Earth around 1100-1200 local time every day.   You can keep trying every...

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...

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.” “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...
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