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World Space Week

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 2013 that theme is "Exploring Mars - Discovering Earth." 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.

Additional Information

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.

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