UN World Space Week 2015

World space week 2015 observed on 4th October to 10th October, theme is " Discovery ", 2014 theme is "Space: Guiding Your Way", 2013 theme is "Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth" and 2012 theme is "Space for Human Safety and Security".

What is World Space Week?

World Space Week is observed annually from October 4 to October 10 as announced by the United Nations General Assembly and has been considered as an International Celebration of Science and Technology. This day is observed for its contribution to the improvisation of the human condition. World Space Week is supported by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs with the assistance of World Space Week Association, an NGO.

The World Space Week Association

The World Space Week Association is an NGO, supported by different coordinators of 50 countries. It is headed by a volunteer Board of Directors and Space Leaders from across the world. On behalf of this WSWA many counties had conducted many celebration programs and competitions.

 Themes and Celebrations

In 2007, World Space Week was commemorated in 54 countries and in space. A total of 435 events were reported in 244 cities, with attendance of over 377,000 people and media presence of over 26,000,000. Events conducted were rocket launches, exhibits, political events, school activities, and special events at planetarium around the world. Numerous events in World Space Week were celebrated under the theme "50 Years in Space," which started after  Sputnik I was launched on October 4, 1957. In space, Bigelow Aerospace launched its Genesis spacecraft with the World Space Week logo and sent images that week to Earth.


Each year World Space Week commemorates this week with a mission to encourage, educate and commemorate space exploration across the world through various programs and events centered at a specific theme. For 2008 that theme was "Exploring the Universe", and it is "Space for Education.". The organization participated were astronomy clubs, schools, organization, museums, government agencies libraries, including corporations as well.

History and Purpose

World Space Week is a transnational observance of space science and the mileages enjoyed by the human race in terms of space-related technology. Objectives were encouraging public in space exploration, educating children, and promoting international coordination in space-related endeavors.

The first World Space Week, held in 2000, was commemorated in 31 countries. The event has grown gradually with 54 countries participating in the year 2007. Participants come from every continent excluding Antarctica. The latest participants are Cameroon, Ethiopia, Haiti, and Kenya.


The theme was "Space for Education" as Space can help encourage and motivate students to learn. Events around the world had been conducted to commemorate World Space Week. Pretoria, South Africa wild held Space Fest Africa and another Space Festival and Daejeon, South Korea held International Astronautical Congress. There was also a week-long celebration in Hawaii.

Hundreds of other local and national events were planned in various countries across the globe. Many of the activities were focused to education for school students. Other events included everything from public lectures to and art exhibitions and festivals.

Many aspects of modern human life are influences by space technology. The international cooperation of World Space Week represents the coordination of the people on Earth in the desire to pursue space exploration.

World Space Week is celebrated for the 10th time after it has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999.

Highlights include:

  • World Space Week has been celebrated in around 60 countries
  • Hawaiian islands celebrated Week-long aerospace activities
  • Public and students sending messages into space via Sent Forever
  • NASA’s LCROSS mission influences the Moon
  • Events commemorating the International Year of Astronomy
  • Encouraging students across the world pertaining to space issues


We have come a long way since the inception of human race, but we are still oblivious of the immense secrets and facts the space and astronomy holds in store for us, which will take years for us to explore.

Let’s celebrate and move a pace ahead towards the next level of development and our destination to explore even new aspects and facets of milky space, which has already ushered in our lives with yet more hopes and with new enthusiasm.

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