United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

World Space Week, 4 - 10 October 2014

What is World Space Week?

The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week (WSW) will be held each year from October 4-10. The dates were in recognition of the October 4, 1957 launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration and the October 10, 1967 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.

World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. World Space Week aims to:

  • 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


Where and how is World Space Week celebrated?

During World Space Week space education and outreach events are organised by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world.

In 2013, World Space Week reached new levels with 1,400 events (nearly double that of prior year) in 80 nations

World Space Week is coordinated by the United Nations with the support of the World Space Week Association (WSWA). The WSWA leads a global team of National Coordinators, who promote the celebration of World Space Week within their own countries. The Association also holds a Permanent Observer position in the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, where the results of World Space Week are reported back every year.


World Space Week 2014

This year, the World Space Week Association have selected selected " Space: Guiding Your Way" as the theme for WSW. This relates to the benefits of satellite navigation to society and is vividly illustrated on the WSW 2014 poster by young Polish space artist Aga Kumuda.



For more information on World Space Week, the World Space Week Association and on how to participate this year, please see www.worldspaceweek.org

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