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About World Space Week (WSW)

What is WSW?

World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. These dates commemorate two events:

  • October 4, 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration
  • October 10, 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activites of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.
Where is WSW?

World Space Week consists of space education and outreach events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs all around the world in a common timeframe. These synchronized space events attract greater public and media attention.

Who organises WSW?

World Space Week is coordinated by the United Nations with the support of the World Space Week Association (WSWA). The WSWA leads a global team of National Coordinators, who promote the celebration of World Space Week within their own countries.

What are the goals of WSW?
  • 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
How big is WSW?

In 2018, World Space Week achieved record scale with more than 5300 events in over 80 countries. Since 2007, over 2,000,000 people attended an activity, and we counted nearly 500,000,000 media impressions


About World Space Week Association (WSWA)


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:


Global Expansion

  • Expands World Space Week by encouraging participation of organizations around the world.

Support Services

  • 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.

Educational Program

  • 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.


Latest News

WSWA Podcast – About Asteroids 2019: Robert Jedicke

30th of June is the International Asteroid Awareness Day. In this podcast we interviewed Robert Jedicke who is one of the world’s experts in asteroids. This is a collection of inspirational people, sharing their visions for humanity’s future in space — organised with the support of the the World Space Week Association.

World Space Week, Biggest Space Event on Earth, Grew 45% in 2018

The annual World Space Week celebration each October 4-10 continues to break records, with a reported 5,422 events in 86 countries last year.

“World Space Week 2018 had 45% more events than the previous year,” says Dennis Stone, President of World Space Week Association.  “We saw growing participation in Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and India, as well as across Europe and the United States.”

The World Space Week 2018 Annual Report was released for presentation at the United Nations Committee on the 2018 Peaceful Uses of Outer Space meeting in Vienna, Austria.  

WSWA seeks Grants Proposal Manager

World Space Week Association (WSWA) is seeking a Grants Proposal Manager, to assist with funding of the largest space celebration on Earth.  The position of the Grant Proposal Manager will be a part time, voluntary position. The position can be performed from anywhere in the world. 

The application deadline is December 10, 2018. 

World Space Week 2018 Broke Records

World Space Week, October 4-10, 2018 was celebrated at a record-breaking scale, as reported by World Space Week Association.

A total of 4,413 World Space Week 2018 events were reported in 93 countries as of today by over 3,000 organizations.

“These are all new records, and the numbers are expected to grow as reports continue to come in,” says Maruška Strah, the Association’s Executive Director.

World Space Week Association signs Memorandum of Understanding with Moon Village Association

On October 4th 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Moon Village Association (MVA) President Mr. Giuseppe Reibaldi, and World Space Week Association (WSWA) represented by President Mr. Dennis Stone, during the 69th annual International Astronautical Congress hosted by International Astronautical Federation in Bremen, Germany.

In the agreement, Moon Village Association and World Space Week Association agreed to support their mutual goals of internationally promoting space, astronomy and science, public outreach and education through participation and dialogue.

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