October 05

Today in Science

World Space Week

Oct. 4–10 is World Space Week, so designated by the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. The 2017 theme is “Exploring New Worlds in Space,” which was chosen to focus on both long-term missions to deep space to explore what is in the outer ranges of our solar system and beyond, as well as on expanded roles of human exploration of space.

World Space Week is celebrated in more than 55 nations annually. Its goals are to:

  • 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
  • Foster international cooperation in space outreach and education

The United Nations set the beginning and end dates of World Space Week to mark, respectively, the 1957 launching of Sputnik I, the first manmade satellite into space, and the 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. The U.N. issued this declaration in 1999.

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