The Largest Space Event on Earth
World Space Week is the largest space event on Earth that takes place every year on the month of October; from 4 – 10. Coordinated by the United Nations with the support of the World Space Week Association (WSWA), World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology and their contribution to the betterment of humanity. Space science enthusiasts around the world celebrated the theme “Space Unites the World” in 2018. The 2019 theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.”
Why October 4-10? Those dates were chosen to commemorate these two important events in history;
- October 4, 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration
- October 10, 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.
Around The World
More than 80 countries took part in the celebration, and Malaysia is one of those countries. There were more than 5,000 events celebrated World Space Week in 2018. These outreach events were organised by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world with these goals in mind;
- Provide unique leverage in space outreach and education
- Educate people around the world about the benefits that they receive from space
- Encourage greater use of space for sustainable economic development
- Demonstrate public support for space programs
- Excite young people about science, technology, engineering, and math
- Foster international cooperation in space outreach and education
Kindly visit World Space Week‘s website for more information.