World Space Week 2016 Poster

We are pleased to announce the release of the official poster for World Space Week 2016. The poster has been designed by Mr. Filip Glogoški, a 17-year old artist from Croatia. Filip is a student of the School of Applied Arts and Design in Osijek, Croatia. He worked under the supervision of his mentor, Professor Josip Kaniža, to create the poster under the 2016 theme “Remote Sensing: Enabling Our Future”. The poster captures the role that remote sensing plays in illuminating our understanding of the planet and in helping us live in a sustainable manner. Thanks to our 2016 Poster Sponsors, FedEx Space Solutions and Inmarsat, the official poster will be printed and made available to event organizers through the national coordinator in each country. You can find your national coordinator in this list. For more information on the theme for WSW2016, please read this article. The final version of the poster will be made available for download soon on the...

WSW2016 Theme

There are many vantage points upon which to view the challenges of our times. But, that from space can help us to observe, overcome and manage the effects of our growing collective impacts. Therefore, World Space Week Association is pleased to announce the theme for 2016: “Remote Sensing: Enabling Our Future” which celebrates Earth Observation from Space for the betterment of the human race. Space systems play a key role in our ability to monitor the environment, conduct scientific research, better predict the weather, increase agriculture yields, support disaster prevention and management, peace keeping, and several other application areas. Classic Earth observations systems such as the U.S. Landsat system were largely developed by government actors. But more and more satellites are being launched and data being obtained by giants like DigitalGlobe, or unique new players stimulated by the smallsat revolution and the increased demand for Earth Observation data from public entities and private companies, such as Google, Inc., for its use in mapping and location based services. This rising commercial use of Earth Observation imagery and data is expected to stimulate the market growth and revolutionize how powerful tools and data enhance lives and enable a future that we can impact...

World Space Week 2015 Event Numbers at a Record High

February 8th, 2016 World Space Week, declared by the United Nations as October 4-10 annually, witnessed a record celebration in 2015. A total of 1,877 events were held that week in 73 countries, according to World Space Week Association. It passed the previous milestone of nearly 1600 events organized for World Space Week 2014. The theme for 2015, “Discovery,” highlighted the current era of deep space discovery. Events held during World Space Week 2015 highlighted how much humankind has learned about the universe over the last decade. Students and adults alike learned about the spacecraft from many nations which have explored the planets, asteroids, moons, comets, the Sun and even interstellar space. Major highlights of World Space Week 2015 include special screenings of “The Martian,” performance of the Skylight Space Opera across 32 nations, and special celebrations at International Astronautical Congress in Israel, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory in Ireland, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in India, ESTEC and Universe Awareness in Netherlands, Airbus Defence & Space in France and Spain, the Mexican Space Agency, and the Chinese Society of Astronautics. The 10 countries with the largest number of reported World Space Week events were Pakistan (303 events), France (185), Spain (170), India (151), Saudi Arabia (128), United Kingdom (113), Germany (109), Romania (108), Brazil (102), and the United States (72), according to Goran Nikolasevic, Operations Manager for the Association. “World Space Week has inspired and educated hundreds of thousands on space exploration and technology for yet another year. World Space Week Association congratulates all participants, volunteers, coordinators, sponsors, and partners for this record-breaking year”, remarked Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty of World Space Week Association. About World Space Week The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week (WSW) is celebrated October...

World Space Week brings student experiments to space!

11 March 2015 – University of Toronto Schools has been selected to fly student experiments in space! A student proposal was accepted into the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) which runs in collaboration with National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE). UTS is only the third school in Canada and the first in Ontario to participate in this program. UTS learned about the competition during World Space Week 2014, where representatives from World Space Week Association and the Canadian Space Society came to the school to motivate students in space science. They recommended the program, UTS vigorously worked to meet the goals of the application, and we were accepted! In the central component of the project, the grade 9 students will design micro-gravity experiments, working in small groups along with senior students who will mentor and collaborate. After a final decision on the top project, this experiment will be launched from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station to be performed simultaneously in space and on earth. One of the experiments is guaranteed to end up on the International Space Station! This program promotes scientific innovation, research and space science in a hands on and exciting way; while encouraging young minds to apply and expand their knowledge in this exciting competition. Students and education need inspiration, real world, and “out of this world” applications to what they learn. In addition to the class work carried out as part of the regular grade 9 science curriculum, this project promises to generate many interesting cross-grade, multi-disciplinary activities in school. For example, students will work on their research proposals during...

The WORLD in World Space Week

In light of our current World Space Week 2015 poster contest we thought we show you what world wide distribution of our poster really means, and how it is one of the leading instruments for space outreach to kids and students across countries and cultures. Because in addition to printing and shipping 3,000 copies of our ‘global’ poster every year, we encourage participating countries and individual event organizers to create their own version of our poster, in their local language, sometimes listing their local events and event sponsors. Around World Space Week 2014 we asked these local poster makers to send us their local posters, making an interesting kaleidoscope of the cultures around the world, joined in a passion for space, astronomy and science! Have a...

Announcing the World Space Week 2015 theme: “Discovery”

This evening we are proudly announcing the theme for World Space Week 2015: “Discovery” “Discovery” is an outward looking theme, celebrating deep space exploration. It means to highlight missions like ESA Gaia, Kepler, Herschel, Hubble, etc. and emphasizes discoveries of new galaxies, exoplanets, asteroids and comets. We are convinced that this exciting theme will help inspire event organizers to set up wonderful events at schools, universities, science centers, planetaria, astronomy clubs, companies and museums, making World Space Week 2015 the biggest ever! World Space Week 2015 poster competition This new theme will be supported by new poster artwork, for which we are running a space artist competition this month. We are hoping this competition will inspire amateur and professional space artists to design a great poster for us. The grand prize will be to be selected as the official World Space Week poster artist 2015, with a poster that will be distributed to several 100’s of locations in over 50 countries. We will select the winning proposal in March 2015. Of course this competition is open to artists and designers from your country too! Details on how to participate can be found here. Social media campaign #WSW2015 Over the past two years we have seen the tremendous added value of the use of social media (Twitter, Facebook) to support World Space Week. Of course we will do another campaign to promote World Space Week 2015 and I encourage you to join us. Make sure you all follow our global accounts on Twitter and Facebook. We will use hashtag #WSW2015 as much as possible, which we will also track on Instagram...
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