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Highlights of World Space Week 2020

World Space Week is a UN declared celebration of space held annually, every October 4 to 10. It is the largest space event on Earth, with over 8,000 events reported in 2019 and held in 96 countries. These events are organized by thousands of organizations, including space agencies, aerospace companies, astronomy clubs and museums.

Every year, World Space Week Association selects a theme as a guidance for celebration. Our 2020 World Space Week is dedicated to satellites and their broad benefits under the theme “Satellites improve life.”  With this theme, the World Space Week will show the importance of satellites in daily life and how our lives are affected by satellites such as in communications, environmental monitoring, transportation, weather forecasting, telemedicine, science, and in many other ways.

Indeed, satellites are more important and accessible than ever.   Miniaturization and lower launch costs have made satellites available to schools.  Companies are developing constellations of small satellites to make the Internet available to everyone in the world.  Satellites are so ubiquitous in our lives that we often take them for granted.   Imagine the world without GPS navigation, enabled of course by satellites.

By synchronizing public outreach into this week, our industry’s messages reinforce to reach a global audience.  We thus ask the satellite industry to participate in World Space Week, October 4-10, 2020 to showcase the broad benefits of satellites to society and the companies and people who are key to this industry.   Ways to participate that week:
• Hold an educational public event (can be virtual)
• Encourage teachers to focus on satellites (and encourage employees to speak to schools)
• Write articles for your blog and social media about the benefits of satellites and your your company’s contributions to the global satellite industry
• Whatever you do, add it to the World Space Week calendar at www.worldspaceweek.org

To help promote this global celebration of satellites in 2020, SES CEO Stevel Collar, is serving as World Space Week 2020 Honorary Chair.  In remarks at Satellite 2020 in Washington in March, Collar said, “World Space Week is an opportunity for us to celebrate, to be proud of everything we do together, be amazed at the potential of space, and to excite kids and folks around the world who aren’t part of our space community.”

Join the greatest space celebration on Earth as this year it highlights the satellite industry.

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