World Space Week 2014
Theme: Space – Guiding Your Way
Events of 2014
Highlights of World Space Week 2014
Events throughout the world will celebrate space, educate the public about space, and inspire children about learning during World Space Week this year. Please find a few key events highlighted below. You can also view the detailed event calendar.
- EarthCache.org is organizing a celebration of EarthCache Day all over the World. They ask people to run an event cache through Geocaching.com or attend an event and tell others how much fun visiting and developing EarthCaches can be. Also part of World Space Week is Earthcache’s 3rd International Earthcache Event and a week-long Earthcaching Virtual 5K.
- The Volvo Ocean Race starts in Alicante Spain on the first day of World Space Week on October 4th. Inmarsat, a supporter of World Space Week, is making the Race possible and will extend to the 11 Race Villages around the world, in Alicante; Cape Town; Abu Dhabi; Sanya; Auckland; Itajai; Newport; Lisbon; Lorient; The Hague and Gothenburg. Around three million visitors are expected to attend race village exhibitions and events.
- Space Foundation is organizing meetings with astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao for Science on the Sphere presentations in Colorado Springs (USA). Many other astronauts will be guests at World Space Week events around the United States of America.
- The Caribbean Space Summit 2014 is being held in Puerto Rico as the first summit to be held in the Caribbean, it hosts a range of delegates and speakers in tracks on Space Policy and Finance, Space Science and Research plus Puerto Rico’s first ever Space Up!
- European Space Research and Technology Centre, the European Space Agency facility in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, is opening its doors to the public October 5. Lectures and video films will give details of ESA projects, along with exhibits dedicated to landmark ESA missions including the Gaia galactic star mapper, Rosetta comet chaser, ESA astronauts in space and much, much more!
- ASTRAX will have eight events in Japan. One of them is cruise event, with space costume (Space fashion).
- NASA Headquarters presents lectures about space communications Oct. 8-10 at the National Air & Space Museum. Meanwhile, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will celebrate World Space Week 2014 and its theme of “Space: Guiding Your Way” with the Kennedy Space Center GeoTour that will take participants on a scavenger hunt with prizes throughout the state of Florida.
- ESA and the European GALILEO Satellite program will be featured in Ghent, Belgium with a lecture by Koen De Beule.
- World Space Week 2014 celebrations in India: Across the country hundreds of schools, organizations and individuals are gearing up for the event. In Delhi DPS Schools, Ryan Schools and Hillwood Academy schools have geared up to have special events for satellite communication. Special events for public and students are being organized in cities of Pune, Ahmedabad, Patna and Chandigarh. ISRO has also geared up for WSW2014 in a big way.
- WSW-UK is hosting an amazing 80+ events across the United Kingdom. TechnopopLondon is the largest of the UK’s independant organisers, with over 30 separate WSW events in their first week. Northern Ireland has also pulled out the stops and have been working with many schools to create a World Space Week theme to Shopping Centres, High Streets, Clubs, Bars and Restaurants in LondonDerry and Belfast. The RSPB in Northern Ireland has organised public Bird and Bat Tracking events. The North West Astronomy Festival has a full weekend of exciting events as do many other groups, societies, museums and schools. The UK Space Agency is running its previously successful ‘Tweet the Expert’ again and The Science Museum in London is also celebrating WSW2014 with events throughout the week.
- The TV Show Space Racers launches its Space Racers application during World Space Week.
- Hundreds of Airbus Space & Defence employees will speak to schools in the UK, France, Germany, and elsewhere during World Space Week 2014.
- Teachers from around the globe are using space, during World Space Week, to inspire children about science, technology, engineering, math, and other subjects.