World Space Week, 4-10 October

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. Find an event near you!

World Space Week 2021

The 2021 theme of World Space Week is "Women in Space." With this theme, we will bring more awareness to the issue of gender diversity in the space sector and identify the obstacles that women are facing when entering space-related careers and contribute to discussions on how we can overcome these challenges. According to reports, 20-22 percent of the entire space industry workforce consists of women. We are mindful of women from different backgrounds and from different regions facing different issues, and we are aiming to shed light on this difference.

UNOOSA is working to promote women's empowerment in space. Through the Space4Women project we are  ensuring that space benefits reach women and girls  and that they play an active and equal role in space science, technology, innovation and exploration.
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