In 1999, the UN General Assembly declared “World Space Week” a global event to be held every year from the 4 to 10 October —earmarked in remembrance of the launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, on 4 October 1957 and the signing on 10 October 1967 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. Each year the WSW Accossiation Board of Directors selects a theme that highlights a pertinent aspect of space with a broad appeal to humanity.
Last year, World Space Week surpassed 8,000 events in 96 countries. With the theme “Satellites Improve Life” for this year, SES CEO Steve Collar and Honorary Chair of World Space Week 2020 hopes that up to 10,000 events will be held across the world during this year’s anniversary.
World Space Week presents an excellent platform for organizations and space enthusiasts in Africa to deepen outreach effort and foster the much-needed awareness of space education on the continent.
Organizations and individuals could leverage World Space Week to:
- Reach out to prospective members
- Provide community outreach and education
- Engage with your local community
- Help raise the profile of space-related organizations and activities across your country
- Have fun, and get your members engaged
- Inspire STEM education and motivate youths to dream of careers in the space sector.
How to organize a World Space Week event:
- Mark your Calendar from 4 to 10 October
- Choose an Activity
- Plan Your Activity/Event
- Spread the Word – register your event!
This resource provides detailed information and guidelines for organizing a WSW event.
If you are planning a space-related event or programme during the timeframe of World Space Week, please use the online event registration form to promote these activities. To further link your event with the largest annual public space event on Earth, use “World Space Week” and the WSW logo in publicity and programme materials.
Visit the WSW website to learn more about the annual event.