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World Space Week

World Space Week, October 4-10 annually, is the largest space event on Earth. More than 5,000 events in over 80 countries celebrated the theme “Space Unites the World” in 2018. The 2019 theme is “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 To Celebrate Legacy And Future Of Satellites in 2020

Theme for World Space Week 2020 will be “Satellites Improve Life”. Houston, November 28th 2019 World Space Week 2020 –taking place from October 4th until October 10th next year– will be focusing its yearly theme on the impact of satellites in our daily lives. That was decided at the recent semiannual meeting of the World Space Week Association board of directors meeting in Washington DC. “More than sixty years after launching the first human-made satellite, there is no denying that this technology has impacted life for everyone on this planet” says Dennis Stone, president of the association. “From monitoring weather patterns and climate change, to live broadcasting news and events, or simply locating your lost smartphone through GPS technology. One couldn’t imagine life without satellites anymore. The association’s board wants to recognize this by dedicating next year’s World Space Week theme to them”, Mr Stone says. “The commitment made by SES CEO Steve Collar to be honorary chair for World Space Week 2020 will amplify our efforts to make next year’s event another record edition”. Satellites used to be big and expensive pieces of technology, but an interesting change has taken place in the past years. 10-centimeter (4 inch) cube-shaped satellites called cubesats often piggyback when bigger equipment is launched, thereby drastically reducing launch cost. It is not uncommon nowadays for schools and universities to launch their own cubesats for scientific and educational purposes. “Access to space has indeed come into reach of a broader public. On top of that, we see several private space companies launching their own mega-constellations of thousands of these smaller satellites. This certainly proves...

Board of Directors Meeting

                Agenda World Space Week Association Board of Directors meeting 0900-1100 24 October 2019 International Astronautical Congress Room 149A Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC, USA 1) Call to Order and Introductions  2) Secretary Report  a) Minutes of the previous meeting b) Next Meeting 3) Treasurer Report 4) Nominating Committee Report 5) Executive Committee Report  a) Executive Director Report b) Officers’ individual reports  6) Bylaws Amendment 7) Other Business  a) 2020 Theme b) Other  8) Closing Remarks and...
World Space Week Association Podcast – Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at SETI.

World Space Week Association Podcast – Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at SETI.

Hear Seth Shostak, Earth’s official Alien Hunter, talking about space exploration with host Haritina Mogoșanu. 

Seth Shostak directs the search for extraterrestrials at the SETI Institute in California—trying to find evidence of intelligent life in space. He is also committed to getting the public, especially young people, excited about astrobiology and science in general.

2019 World Space Week Highlights

2019 World Space Week Highlights

The Highlights section showcases some of the creative, innovative and popular events that brought people together to celebrate space.


World Space Week 2019 Events


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