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World Space Week 2018 Begins


(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

 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. In 2017, more than 3700 events took place in 80 countries.

About World Space Week Association

World Space Week Association is the global coordinator of World Space Week. WSWA is an international non-government, non-profit organization led by volunteers. The Association is a permanent observer on the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and is supported by voluntary contributions of sponsors including Lockheed Martin.

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