Maruška Strah Selected as World Space Week Association Executive Director

Maruška Strah Selected as World Space Week Association Executive Director For Immediate Release September 14, 2018 Maruška Strah was named Executive Director of World Space Week Association, it was announced today. “Maruška brings international relations skills and passion for space to the global coordination of UN-declared World Space Week,” said Association President Dennis Stone. A native of Slovenia, Strah studied International Relations at Webster University Vienna, where she completed her master’s degree and discovered her deep interest for space. This interest developed further while working at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs “I am excited to work with the Association and help write the amazing story of World Space Week success,” said Strah. “Space has been a great interest of mine ever since I read my first chapter on international space law. I am thrilled to start my space story at WSWA right before this year’s World Space Week.” “I will do my best to bring space closer to humanity through the annual celebration of World Space Week. I especially look forward to inspiring young people using space during WSW. Indeed, students today can truly aim for the stars,” she said. World Space Week, October 4-10 each year, consists of thousands of events in over 80 nations to inspire youth and educate the public about space. Events are held by schools, space companies, space agencies, museums, astronomy clubs, and volunteers globally who synchronize space outreach to maximize impact, according to the Association. For information about World Space Week 2018, please visit www.worldspaceweek.org. About World Space Week The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is...

WSWA Seeks Executive Director

World Space Week Association (WSWA) seeks an Executive Director to help lead the largest space celebration on Earth.  The Executive Director will be a contractor with a starting stipend of $1,750 US per month which may increase based on performance.  A minimum of 16 hours average per week for two years is required. The position can be performed from anywhere in the world.   The application deadline is August 4, 2018.  Below is more information.  To apply, please click here. About the Executive Director Position The Executive Director (ED) leads the operations of WSWA and is expected to be a catalyst of growth of both WSWA and the celebration of WSW.  The ED is a contracted position requiring a written commitment to 16 hours per week for two years.  Duties are: Develop the WSWA annual plan, manage to that plan, track progress, and set priorities. Help seek donations and ensure that donors receive promised benefits. Oversee preparation of the annual poster, annual report, fact sheet, sponsor brochure,  newsletters, and other communications. Communicate individually with key stakeholders. Expand World Space Week participation in the space, astronomy, and education sectors. Seek global media coverage of WSW. Report monthly to the Executive Committee, semiannually to the Board, and annually to COPUOS. Coordinate efforts of the Vice Presidents and other officers. Recruit, assign, train, manage and motivate volunteers. Manage the social media contractor. Time permitting, create and pursue ideas for special projects using the WSW platform. Position Description The official position description is as follows per the Bylaws of WSWA: “The Executive Director shall be the chief operating officer of the corporation and shall be considered...

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...

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...
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