World Space Week
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.
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.
As the UK National Co-ordinating Body for World Space Week, the British Interplanetary Society supports and encourages everyone to create educational opportunities, activities, and events during WSW.
World Space Week runs annually between 4-10 OCTOBER
World Space Week 2022 will celebrate the theme of Space and Sustainability
This theme is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance and interconnectedness of space and sustainability.
It has been shown that Sustainable Development Goals on Earth are positively impacted by the benefits stemming from Earth Observation and Global Navigation System applications. Whilst, at the same time, Earth’s orbital environment is a limited resource that also needs to be protected.
By ensuring the long-term sustainability of outer space activities, we are guaranteeing humanity’s increasing presence in space as well as contributing to our socio-economic betterment, improving life on Earth, and ensuring the habitable future of our home planet.
Because only through sustainable development will Earth, and space, remain safely accessible to future generations.
Some simple steps to celebrating WSW each year:
- Save the date: 4-10 October
- Choose your audience: Anyone! WSW is an all-inclusive celebration of space, and it is an amazing opportunity to inform and inspire everyone, the more diverse your audience the better!
- Plan an activity: Any educational activity related to space, such as; Space movie night, Space Art or Poetry, Stargazing with local astronomical society, Talks and Presentations, Space Themed Party.
- Register your event: At www.worldspaceweek.org. Registering your event allows the BIS and World Space Week Association to assess the success and growth of WSW year-on-year.
- Let us know how it went: Tell us about your event and attendance numbers, so we can add the UK’s success to our report to the UN.
As the WSW National Coordination manager, the BIS is here to support all UK event organisers with:
- Registering and updating events
- General support and advice
- Space Nutrition Activity Sheet
- Satellites Wordsearch
- Women In Space Wordsearch
- Build your own spacecraft (NASA)
- Build your own Aeolus (ESA)
- Build your own Rosetta (ESA – opens as PDF)
- Airbus Activities
- Discovery Education World Space Week – Primary resources
- ESERO – How to run your own Space Week
- ESERO Primary Resources
- ESERO Secondary Resources
- STEM Club Activities
Tim Peake links
The British Interplanetary Society, the National Co-ordinating body for World Space Week, organises an annual space competition for young people aged 4-16.
Details of the BIS WSWUK 2022 Children’s Competition will be released soon.
- 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
World Space Week runs between 4-10 October every year.
These dates commemorate two significant space-related events in history:
October 4, 1957
Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration
October 10, 1967
The date 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’ (or ‘The Outer Space Treaty’) entered into force.
(NB: The Outer Space Treaty was opened for signature by the three depository Governments (the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America) in January 1967, and it entered into force on 10 October 1967.)
ANYONE, ANYWHERE can organise a World Space Week event!
World Space Week consists of space education and outreach events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, STEM clubs, science centres, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world.
World Space Week events also include ANY SPACE-RELATED activities being held by local communities, groups, home-schooling, and even families, between 4-10 October.