World Space Week observed with theme Remote Sensing: Enabling our Future

Oct 4, 2016 08:51 IST

WorldSpaceWeek4–10 October: World Space Week

World Space Week is an annual event that is observed from 4 October to 10 October 2016 in various parts of the world including Europe and Asia. 2016 World Space Week is being observed with theme Remote Sensing: Enabling our Future.

This year's theme celebrates Earth Observation from Space for the betterment of the human race.

By Resolution 54/68 of 6 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed World Space Week, to celebrate the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.

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The dates recall the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, on 4 October 1957 and its entry into force on 10 October 1967, of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.

Key Facts

• World Space Week is the largest annual space event in the world.

• It builds the workforce of tomorrow by inspiring students, demonstrates visible public support for the space program, educates the public about space activities, and fosters international cooperation into space outreach and education.

• Since 2007, more than 94 nations have participated in more than 2250 events with more than 1.3 million attendees.

• Each year a theme is selected by the World Space Week Association Board of Directors in close coordination with the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs.

• The theme provides broad guidance to World Space Week participants on the content of their programs.

• The theme is selected to increase the impact of World Space Week on all humanity further, by using a uniform theme globally.

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Quick Digest

Who: World Space Week

What: Observed

When: 4 to 10 October 2016

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