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What is World Space Week?

World Space Week is in three weeks. What is it all about?

What is World Space Week? World Space Week is an international celebration of space and STEM, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.

Why is World Space Week celebrated October 4 – 10? It was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 that World Space Week will be held every year from October 4 – 10 to commemorate two events:

  1. October 4, 1957: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first human-made Earth satellite, paving the way for space exploration
  2. October 10, 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies
However, World Space Week is not limited to only those dates. World Space Week is celebrated throughout the entire month of October.
Where is World Space Week celebrated? World Space Week is consists of space- and STEM-themed events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetariums, museums, astronomy clubs, and more, around the world, during the same time. These synchronized space events attract lots of public and media attention, thus spreading awareness for the benefits of space education.
In 2015, more than 1,800 events in 73 countries celebrated the benefits of space exploration and technology. With our new theme “Remote Sensing – Enabling Our Future” we aim to inspire event more events around the world in 2016.
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