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:
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 2017, the World Space Week Association have selected selected "Exploring New Worlds in Space" as a theme for WSW. See more at World Space Week Association
In the lead up to UNISPACE+50, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) invited World Space Week volunteers to participate in an essay contest on the role of space and society, now and in the future. Entrants were asked to address three questions:
- What is the role of space as a solution to global challenges on Earth?
- What progress do you think humankind will have made in exploring new worlds in space by 2030?
- What are your proposals for getting people in your country and/or region more engaged in space activities?
Congratulations to all who entered. Ramasamy Venugopal of South Africa won the essay competition, and Ganiy I. Agbaje was runner-up.
Both essays are available to read under the following links: