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World Space Week 2018

Theme: Space Unites the World

A total of 5351 WSW events were reported in the calendar this year.

World Space Week Annual Report 2018


Events of 2018

Highlights of World Space Week 2018

World Space Week 2018 broke records with a reported 5,422 events in 86 countries October 4-10.  The theme was “Space Unites the World.”  Below are some highlights of this amazing celebration of space, the largest in world history.

  • Video wishing “Happy World Space Week” in different languages was created with people from around the world.WSWPoster03-whitebottom
  • Cruise liner Cunard conducted its second annual Transatlantic Space Week aboard its flagship, Queen Mary 2, as it voyaged from New York to Southampton from October 7-16.
  • ESA hosted its Open Day on October 07 at the ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands
  • Special advance screenings of National Geographic’s Mars2 were played in the United States just for World Space Week
  • Space Selfies were taken by Planet satellites during World Space Week. Following the global call for ideas, six activities were selected, ranging from a 70x50m space rocket using recycled materials in Mexico to a 80 x 50m symbol in Abu Dhabi.
  • A World Space Week rally with 1,000 students and dignitaries was held in Nashik, India. It was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Defence, Dr Subhash Bhamre.
  • Ladies Do Launch, a series of panel interviews in front of live audiences, with women in the space industry, was held in various cities in the United States
  • Leicester’s National Space Centre, United Kingdom, hosted a World Space Week Family Sleepover, giving families the opportunity to spend the night sleeping under giant rockets, next to spacesuits and even beneath the stars.
  • IMAX released a series of mini space documentaries and short interviews with astronauts during every day of World Space Week 2018.
  • Space for Humanity and Yuri’s Night organized the ‘World Space Week Celebration: Space Unites The World‘ event on October 5 in Hawthorne, CA.
  • Iranian Space Agency, together with over 60 state-run and private organizations held programs in Iran during World Space Week, including competitions and workshops for students and teachers.
  • Institute of Space Technology (IST) in collaboration with the national space agency of Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) celebrated `World Space Week 2018′ in Pakistan  with a number of activities and competitions.
  • ‘Echo in Space’, a visual and sound performance was held in Thailand on October 9.
  • Syrian Astronomical Association organized various events in Syria such as observation nights, scientific lectures at schools, universities and cultural centers.
  • Scientix organized various activities in support of the World Space Week – featured articles on the Scientix blog, interactive Scientix webinars and Q&A about space science answered by an expert from the European Space Agency.
  • Postcards printed for World Space Week were sent between space enthusiasts in Europe and China, as a gesture of goodwill.
  • Over 50 events were held in Israel such as ‘Yoga in Space’, ‘Escape Room – Yuri’s office’, and Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality stations.
  • Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education used World Space Week to inspire students across the country.
  • Airbus employees talked about space in hundreds of schools across Western Europe.
  • Numerous activities were held in Lebanon such as story telling nights, workshops, star gazing, lectures, film screenings etc.
  • Around 1,000 participants attended World Space Week celebrations in Ethiopia.
  • Over 28,000 students attended World Space Week exhibition in India.
  • World Space Week song was released in Japanese (download a space music album by Test Shot Starfish for free until Oct. 11)
  • Around 1100 participants attended a World Space Week lecture on “Recent Achievements in Space Technology” by Dr. Pradeep Kurlukar at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics in India.

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