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World Space Week, Biggest Space Event on Earth, Grew 45% in 2018

World Space Week, Biggest Space Event on Earth, Grew 45% in 2018

The annual World Space Week celebration each October 4-10 continues to break records, with a reported 5,422 events in 86 countries last year, it was announced today.

“World Space Week 2018 had 45% more events than the previous year,” said Dennis Stone, President of World Space Week Association.  “We saw growing participation in Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and India, as well as across Europe and the United States,” he said.

The World Space Week 2018 Annual Report was released today for presentation at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space meeting now in Vienna, Austria.  

“World Space Week showcases the importance of space and provides an opportunity to everyone to have their voice heard, no matter the age, gender or nationality,” said Maruška Strah, World Space Week Association’s Executive Director.

Highlights of World Space Week 2018 included nationwide activities in Saudi schools, nationwide celebrations across Pakistan, and a rich diversity of events in such countries as Croatia, Syria, Ethiopia, Ireland, Nigeria, Romania, and Thailand, all celebrating the theme “Space Unites the World,” according to the Association.

Event Count Trend Through 2018This coming October 4-10, World Space Week 2019 will celebrate “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars” in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon and the importance of our nearest celestial neighbor in future space plans, the Association reported.

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, astronomy clubs, and others in a common timeframe to achieve greater student and public impact through synchronization.

About World Space Week Association

World Space Week Association is the global coordinator of World Space Week. A volunteer-led, international non-government, non-profit organization, the Association is a permanent observer on the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.  It is supported by voluntary contributions of sponsors including Lockheed Martin. The Association, founded in 1982, is one of the world’s oldest space advocacy organizations.

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