- From: October 4, 2017
- To: October 10, 2017
- Starting at: 12:00 AM
- Finishing at: 12:00 AM
- United Nations Office at Vienna Vienna International Centre
- Wagramerstrasse 5, A-1220
- +43-1-260 60 4950
Since its United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth. More than 2,700 events in 86 countries celebrated the benefits of space and excitement about space exploration in 2016. With our new Theme “Exploring New Worlds In Space” we aim to inspire even more events around the world in October for World Space Week 2017.
“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.”
View events that are happening in each nation for World Space Week 2017 and find an activity near you.
The mission of World Space Week Association (WSWA) is to strengthen the link between space and society through public education, participation, and dialogue on the future of space activity using World Space Week as a focus.
To achieve this mission, the strategy of the Association is to expand UN-declared World Space Week, 4-10 October annually, to efficiently focus global attention on space through widespread events that week and associated media coverage. Specifically, the Association shall:
- Institutionalize World Space Week in the plans of other organizations globally on the largest possible scale;
- Seek media coverage of the resulting celebration;
- Provide participating organizations with coordination and assistance;
- Hold events at a global level.
The long-term goal of the Association is to sufficiently institutionalize UN-declared World Space Week such that it continues to grow throughout the world by itself.
Programs of the World Space Week Association include:
- Expands World Space Week by encouraging participation of organizations around the world.
- Provides World Space Week participants with products and services to assist them in celebrating and publicizing World Space Week;
- Coordinates with the United Nations and reports annually on World Space Week participation and results.
- Increases educational benefits of World Space Week by providing teachers with classroom activities that use space to excite students about learning;
- Inspires students globally by flying representative students in simulated zero gravity airplane flights.
The United Nations General Assembly declared World Space Week in 1999. The celebration of World Space Week is under the guidance of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) based in Vienna, Austria.