World Space Week 2012

Probably the cutest satellite ever. (poster download available at World Space Week site.)

It’s Space Week! One of my favorite weeks!

What is World Space Week?

It 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. These dates commemorate two events:

  • October 4, 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration
  • October 10, 1967:  The signing of 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.

Where and how is World Space Week celebrated?

It is open to all. Government agencies, industry, non-profit organizations, teachers and individuals can organize events to celebrate World Space Week. The 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 organize events within their own countries.

What are the goals of World Space Week?

  • 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

|Now, for some more lighthearted space fun, a few DIYs that I am all over for Space Week:

Clockwise from top left: Galaxy Mason Jar, Galaxy Nail Tutorial #1, Galaxy Nail #2, Constellation Embroidery, Space Play Dough

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