The KITION PLANETARIUM & OBSERVATORY is the Cyprus National Coordinator for the UNITED NATIONS WORLD SPACE WEEK.
World Space Week is a UN declared celebration of space held annually, every October 4 to 10. It is the largest space event on Earth, with over 8,000 events reported in 2019 and held in 96 countries. These events are organized by thousands of organizations, including space agencies, aerospace companies, astronomy clubs and museums.
In 2020, World Space Week is dedicated to satellites and their broad benefits under the theme “Satellites improve life.”
Despite the global pandemic, there are safe and exciting ways to participate and celebrate World Space Week. The Highlights section showcases some of the creative, innovative and popular events bringing people together to celebrate space.
What is the World Space Week?
World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. These dates commemorate two events:
* 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 Activites of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.
World Space Week consists of space education and outreach events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world in a common timeframe. These synchronized space events attract greater public and media attention. World Space Week 2017 achieved record scale:
* more than 4,000 events
* Events in 82 nations
Total audience since 2007:
* Over 2,000,000 attendees
* Nearly 500,000,000 media impressions
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.
What are the goals of World Space Week?
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
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