In 1999 the United Nations declared October 4-10 as World Space
Week. These dates were chosen to commemorate two significant events in space
history. On October 4, 1957 Sputnik I became the first human-made satellite to
be launched into outer space. On October 10, 1967 the United Nations Treaty
on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful
Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies went into
effect. Each year World Space Week tries to encourage, educate and support space
exploration world-wide through various programs and activities centered around a
central theme. For 2008 that theme is "Exploring the Universe", and for 2009 it is "Space for Education." World
Space Week is coordinated globally by the United Nations and the World Space Week Association. Participants include organizations around the world, including schools,
astronomy clubs, museums, libraries, government agencies and corporations.
Committee on the
Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) - Homepage of the United Nations
committee that reviews international cooperation for the the peaceful
exploration of space.
NASA Quest -
A NASA site regarding the celebration of World Space Week in the United States.
This page contains resources for educators and students.
Stephen J. Garber, NASA History Web Curator
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