February 8th, 2016
World Space Week, declared by the United Nations as October 4-10 annually, witnessed┬áa record celebration in 2015. A total of 1,877 events were held that week in 73┬ácountries, according to World Space Week Association. It passed the previous┬ámilestone of nearly 1600 events organized for World Space Week 2014.
The theme for 2015, ÔÇ£Discovery,ÔÇØ highlighted the current era of deep space discovery.┬áEvents held during World Space Week 2015 highlighted how much humankind has┬álearned about the universe over the last decade. Students and adults alike learned about┬áthe spacecraft from many nations which have explored the planets, asteroids, moons,┬ácomets, the Sun and even interstellar space.
Major highlights of World Space Week 2015 include special screenings of ÔÇ£The Martian,ÔÇØ┬áperformance of the Skylight Space Opera across 32 nations, and special celebrations at┬áInternational Astronautical Congress in Israel, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory in┬áIreland, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in India, ESTEC and Universe Awareness in┬áNetherlands, Airbus Defence & Space in France and Spain, the Mexican Space Agency,┬áand the Chinese Society of Astronautics.
The 10 countries with the largest number of reported World Space Week events were┬áPakistan (303 events), France (185), Spain (170), India (151), Saudi Arabia (128),┬áUnited Kingdom (113), Germany (109), Romania (108), Brazil (102), and the United┬áStates (72), according to Goran Nikolasevic, Operations Manager for the Association.
ÔÇ£World Space Week has inspired and educated hundreds of thousands on space┬áexploration and technology for yet another year. World Space Week Association┬ácongratulates all participants, volunteers, coordinators, sponsors, and partners for this┬árecord-breaking yearÔÇØ, remarked Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty of World Space Week┬áAssociation.
About World Space Week
The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week (WSW) is celebrated┬áOctober 4-10 annually. It is an international celebration of science and technology, and┬átheir contribution to the betterment of the human condition. World Space Week consists┬áof space education and outreach events held by space agencies, aerospace companies,┬áschools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world in a common┬átimeframe. These synchronized space events attract greater public and media attention.
For more information, visit www.worldspaceweek.org.
About World Space Week Association
WSW Association is a non-profit organization which supports the UN in the global┬ácoordination of World Space Week. Led by a global volunteer Board, the Association┬áencourages participation in WSW, supports participants, and publicizes the resulting┬áglobal celebration of space. A key focus of the Association is using space during WSW
each year to stimulate STEM education worldwide. WSWA is supported by voluntary┬ácontributions by sponsors including Lockheed Martin and Lunar Mission One.
Victoria Southgate, WSWA Media Relations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org