The World Space Week Association (WSWA) announced the final results of its yearly week of worldwide space celebration. No less than 8,057 events took place in 96 countries. That means that yet again, another record year has been set.
“Every year between October 4-10, volunteers all over the world organize events big and small to celebrate the role of space exploration and space technology in our lives” explains Dennis Stone, president of WSWA. “In 2019, we passed the 8,000-events marker, which means we had almost 50% more events than the previous year. Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Pakistan showed substantial growth. Last year’s theme was The Moon: Gateway to the Stars, celebrating 50 years since the first humans landed on our satellite. Today, international attention for the Moon from both government agencies and the private sector is bigger than ever in the past decades,” Mr Stone adds.
“We want to express our sincere gratitude to the more than 4,000 organizations who set up one or more events. And above all, our National Coordinators in 72 different countries in every continent. World Space Week is a community happening, thriving on their enthusiasm and efforts,” said Maruska Strah, WSWA Executive Director.
World Space Week Association released the full annual report for 2019. The document can be viewed at https://www.worldspaceweek.org/wp-content/uploads/2019-Annual-Report.pdf.
In 2020, UN-declared World Space Week will focus on the broad benefits of satellites to humanity.