The universe has always fascinated the human imagination with its immense mysteries and infinite possibilities. Due to this fascination and desire for innovation, unprecedented success has been achieved in the field of space. To cherish these successes and to address the challenges ahead, World Space Week is organized every year.
Celebrating Cosmic Exploration: World Space Week
World Space Week (WSW) is an annual event celebrated from 4 to 10 October in more than 95 countries around the world. World Space Week is officially defined as “an international celebration of science and technology and their contributions to the betterment of the human condition.” World Space Week is organized every year in coordination with the World Space Week Association (WSWA) and the United Nations (UN). Its objective is to make the public aware about space and space missions.
During this week, there is an opportunity to promote the importance of space and increase people’s interest in space research and science. The main objective of this event is to promote space research and science across the world and educate people in this field.
During World Space Week, special seminars, worldwide presentations, and other space-related events are organized in which various aspects of space are discussed.
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History of World Space Week
World Space Week (WSW) began with a proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1999.
Indeed, on December 6, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed World Space Week as an annual event celebration to be celebrated between October 4 and 10.
The choice of dates was based on the recognition of two important dates in space history. First, the day of launch of the first man-made Earth satellite, Sputnik-1 – October 4, 1957. The second date is – 10 October 1967 – on this day the Outer Space Treaty was signed.