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World Space Week
4th October 2020 - 10th October 2020
World Space Week (WSW) is an annual celebration in over 90 nations throughout the world, observed from October 4 – 10, 2020. The event is officially defined as “an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition”.
Satellites Improve Life is this year’s theme. Every year the World Space Week Association Board of Directors selects a theme to highlight an aspect of space with broad appeal to humanity. This theme provides guidance to World Space Week participants on the content of their programs. Event holders are encouraged to address the current year’s theme in their events and publicity.
The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is organized by thousands of organizations including space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, and grassroots organizations.
“Events stimulate public understanding of space activities and use space to inspire youth in STEM,” said Executive Director Maruška Strah. In 2021, World Space Week will celebrate Women in Space, she said.
The WSWA began in 1980 as the coordinator of “Spaceweek,” a celebration of the first Moon landing, each July 16-24. The first celebration in Houston that year was led by Ernie Hillje, Troy Welch, David Koch, and Dennis Stone.
In 1981 they formed “Spaceweek National Headquarters” to organize a nationwide celebration in the United States. By 1999 Spaceweek had spread to over 15 nations. It was in 1999 that the UN General Assembly declared the event to be held every year from 4 to 10 October.
The organization offered to the UN to serve as global coordinator, and helped organize the first such celebration in 2000. Today, the Association continues to build the size and impact of this annual celebration of space, the largest in the world.
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