• World space week is the celebration of betterment in human lives through science and technology. Globally world space week is observed from 4th October to 10th October every year to mark the two major milestones in space history.
  • 4th October 1957- Launch of Sputnik 1, the first satellite made by mankind
  • 10th October 1967- Drafting of “Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies”

  • In 1999 United Nation in its general assembly took the resolution to observe space week annually, to strengthen the relations between space traveled and emerging space countries by providing a common global platform.
  • Now World space week have become the world’s largest space event, with 80 globally participating countries and over 3700 organized world space week events.
  • After 2007 with digital evolution, world space week activities participation has increased to over 2,000,000 with nearly 500,000,000 social media posts.
  • This year the World space week 2018 celebrations start from 4th October 2018 (Thursday) and continue till 10th October 2018 (Wednesday)

World Space Week Association (WSWA)

  • World space week Association is a global organization (nonprofit and non-government) which coordinates world space week activities worldwide.
  • The Organization work from voluntary contributions and sponsors and it is a permanent observer of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
  • In 1980 the Association formed to coordinators of space week from July 16- 24 (Celebration of the moon landing), after UN resolution in 1999 they reformed to world space week association

Why World Space Week is celebrated?

The purpose of World space week activities

  • Reinforce the cooperation between countries in space outreach and education.
  • Support more the research and development of science & technology in space programs.
  • Encourage young generation to cultivate interest in science, engineering, and
  • Educate people about the benefits of space programs and its influence in their day to day lives.
  • Promote the vast benefits of space in the economic development of countries

World Space Week Activities 

Global World Space Week Events 

With the support of UN, WSWA has a global team of national coordinators who organize nation wise world Space Week activities

  • WSWA proposes to take outer space selfies of world space events which meet their criteria
  • IMAX will screen Mini Space Documentaries every day throughout the space week.
  • In the USA National Geographic will do a special broadcast of Mars 2 document series
  • Many nations like Saudi Arabia, Europe have organized world space school activities to inspire students

World Space Week Theme

WSWA selects a unique world space week theme every year to increase the impact of space week, the world space week 2017 theme was “Exploring New Worlds in Space” and world space week 2017 was the largest celebration of world space week ever seen.

Previous Years World Space Week Themes

YEAR World Space Week Theme
2010 Mysteries of the Cosmos
2011 50 Years of Human Spaceflight
2012 Space for Human Safety and Security
2013 Exploring Mars – Discovering Earth
2014 Space: Guiding Your Way
2015 Discovery
2016 Remote Sensing – Enabling our Future
2017 Exploring New Worlds in Space
2018 Space Unites the World
2019 The Moon:  Gateway to the Stars

World Space Week 2018 Theme “Space Unites Worlds”

  • World Space week 2018 theme aims to signify the role of space in bringing the everyone together globally.
  • UNISPACE+50 a remarkable gathering of world leaders in 2018 is the motivation of World Space Week 2018 theme.

World Space Week India

  • Many space agencies, organizations, schools, planetarium, museums, and astronomy clubs in India have organized 191 World Space Week events in India.
  • Minister of State for Defense, Subhash Bhamre will inaugurate the World Space Week rally in Nashik, in which 1000 school students will participate.
  • World Space Week ISRO celebrates every year with many educational events around the country.
  • For World Space Week 2018 ISRO has organized ‘Vikram Sarabhai Space Exhibition’ in which scientist interactions, engineers’ presentations, space quiz, and world space activities for students are organized.

Space Programs have a significant contribution to the constantly advancing digital world, which has a huge impact on everyone’s daily lives. Himalai IAS coaching institute is delighted to celebrate world space week as a part of Our India with World Events.