World Space Week: Past Activities


World Space Week, 4 - 10 October 2011



"50 Years of Human Spaceflight" is the theme for World Space Week 2011, which is the largest public space event on earth. Dedicated this year to the first human spaceflight that took place on April 12, 1961, when Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made one orbit around the Earth aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft, the World Space Week is celebrated in over 55 nations every October 4-10.

" Outer space is one of the most exciting and challenging topics, and perhaps of all the important topics on the agenda of the United Nations, none quite captures our imagination like outer space. Ever since the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 declared World Space Week , this Week has become a world-wide celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), together with its partners, has been working to bring the benefits of space to Earth, to make the seemingly remote and abstract world of outer space of concrete use to people worldwide. The World Space Week, which is under the guidance of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and UNOOSA, is a perfect opportunity. The Week inspires young people all over the world by making them aware of the importance of space science, technology and applications in every day life, in helping us address some of today's most urgent problems. Coupled with advances made in other fields of science and technology, they offer a wide range of specific tools and solutions that are transforming weather forecasting, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance, disaster management and more. I invite you all to continue to explore the benefits of space science and technologies and to join the World Space Week 2011 celebrations." Mazlan Othman, UNOOSA Director


Capacity-building workshop on Astronomy, 3-5 October, Enayetpur, Bangladesh

In the framework of the UN-declared World Space Week, UNOOSA, together with UNESCO, is organizing a capacity-building workshop on astronomy for secondary teachers in Bangladesh, in cooperation with the Bangladesh Astronomical Society (BAS). The aim of this workshop is to enhance capacity of secondary teachers in their teaching of basic and modern astronomy and introducing it to the school curricula. The 3- day workshop will cover basic and modern astronomy, including hands-on sessions with access to the Faulks telescope as well as issues on how to teach astronomy in the classroom and to integrate it in the school curricula.
Workshop announcement


World Space Week 2011 at the United Nations in Vienna

On 7 October 2011 at 12.30, a sculpture of Yuri Gagarin will be given to UNOOSA by the Government of the Russian Federation. The ceremony will take place at the Permanent Exhibit of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, D-Building, Vienna International Centre (VIC), from 12:30 to 13:00. Speakers include the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Yury Fedotov and the Head of the Russian Permanent Mission, Vladimir Voronkov. The event will be moderated by the Director of the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Mazlan Othman.


World Space Week 2007 - 50 Years in Space


Children and Space

As part of the activities for World Space Week 2007, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) and the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna in cooperation with the Austrian Space Forum have invited school classes aged 6-16 to participate in a "space tour" that includes Multimedia Presentation on Mars exploration and the AustroMars Expedition, an experiment with the Dignity Rover and demonstration of the Spacesuit Glove.

Civil Society and Space

A Forum "Civil Society and Outer Space: Where do we stand on using outer space for peaceful purposes" will take place on 8 and 9 October in the Vienna International Centre, organized by the Vienna CONGO office ( Conference of Non-governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations), in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, the European Space Policy Institute, the Space Generation Advisory Council and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency.

The Forum aims to provide an overview of the current situation pertaining to the use of outer space, in particular those space applications responding to a large variety of societal needs as well as to explore further possibilities of the use of space technology and its applications in the non-governmental sector.


Space Exhibition

A special exhibition on the 50 years of space age will take place in the month of October in the Vienna International Centre, consisting of satellite and rocket models, special photo exhibition on the United Nations and Outer Space, including a historic overview of the meetings of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the poster artwork, produced by the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA).


United Nations Stamps on "Space for Humanity - 50th Anniversary of the Space Age"

Available from the United Nations Postal Administration from 25 October 2007

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue a series of special "space stamp" on 25 October 2007 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of launch of the first artifical satellite into Earth orbit.


World Space Week Press Release: " 50 Years of Space Age: United Nations to Celebrate World Space Week 2007" (UNIS/OS/359)


History of World Space Week

World Space Week was officially declared by the General Assembly in 1999 ( resolution 54/68), based on a recommendation of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III).

Organized as an international celebration, the World Space Week aims to communicate the benefits of space science and technology to humankind and to increase awareness among the public and the decision makers of the benefits of the peaceful uses of space.

Since 2000 World Space Week was celebrated from October 4-10. Every year a central topic is chosen, with an emphasis on the daily benefits of space applications. In 2000, the central topic was The Space Millennium Begins, followed by Inspiration from Space (2001), Space and Daily Life (2002), Space: Horizon Beyond Earth (2003), Space for Sustainable Development (2004), Discovery and Imagination (2005) and last year's Space for Saving Lives.


Young people from all over the world participate in the programmes offered during World Space, exploring the possibilities of space science and technology applications in our daily lives.

More information on the World Space Week activities 2007 can be found on the website of the World Spaceweek Association, a non-government organization, at


World Space Week 2006 - Space for Saving Lives
The World Space Week 2006 theme was "Space for Saving Lives." Participants were encouraged to focus their World Space Week activities on how space technology is used to save lives on Earth and how it is used to combat disasters.

World Space Week Event held at the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)




World Space Week 2005 - Discovery and Imagination

Report of World Space Week 2005

OOSA invited school students from grades 5 - 8 in Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia and around the world to participate in designing a base on Mars. Each participating class was asked to build a model of a Mars base that is suited to the conditions on Mars and that includes everything the researchers would need to survive and work on Mars. After building the base, participating groups submitted photos and descriptions of their Mars base.

For more information on the activity please click on the links below.

Click on the below images to see models that were created by children from around the world!

Model of Mars base
Grade 5 - 8
Astronomical Astronautical Club
Ronald Parise
Vladimir Nazor Elementary School, Virovitica
Donát & Péter
Tervezz Mars-bázist! Pályázati munka
Osztály: 7.b
Mátyás Király Általános Iskola
OS Brinje Grosuplje
Patrick Milone (from Slovenia)
Capriva del Friuli, Italia
OS Ketteja in Murna
OS Hinka Smrekarja
Osnovna sola Ljudski vrt
Primary School Sentjan pri Dravogradu
Sentjan pri Dravogradu
Elementary school Šmarjeta
Šmarješke Toplice
Skupina 1
Skupina 2
United States of America
Fifth grade class
Center For Educational Excellence
Tempe, Arizona

Online resources

World Space Week 2004 - Space and Sustainable Development
The theme for World Space Week 2004, " Space and Sustainable Development," encouraged participants to consider how space technology can be used to ensure a balance between development and conservation of the Earth's resources.

Report of World Space Week 2004
World Space Week 2003 - Space: Horizon Beyond Earth
The theme of World Space Week 2003, " Space: Horizon Beyond Earth," encouraged people to discuss the two main activities in space - exploration and utilization.

Report of World Space Week 2003
World Space Week 2002 - Space and Daily Life
Report of World Space Week 2002
World Space Week 2001 - Inspiration from Space
Message of the Secretary General for the second World Space Week, October 4-10, 2001

Report of World Space Week 2001
World Space Week 2000 - Launching the Space Millennium
Message of the Secretary General for the first World Space Week, October 4-10, 2000

Hailing World Space Week, Secretary-General Says "Final Frontier" Means Bridging Divide between Technology's Haves, Have-nots" (click here for full text).

The following United Nations events were held for World Space Week in 2000.

Report of World Space Week 2000

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