The largest annual space event in the world i.e. World Space Week (WSW) is celebrated annually from October 4-10 at the international level under the United Nations (UN) resolution 54/68 of 6 December 1999 to celebrate the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. The WSW 2020 is being celebrated on the theme of “Satellites Improve Life” and in WSW 2021 theme will be “Women in Space”.
- This year’s theme shows the importance of satellites in daily life such as in communications, environmental monitoring, transportation, weather forecasting, telemedicine, science, and in many other ways.
- The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SES, a satellite and terrestrial telecommunications network provider located in Luxembourg, Steve Collar is the Honorary Chair of WSW 2020.
- It should be noted that in 2019, World Space Week made a record as it was celebrated with over 8,057 events in 96 nations on the theme “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars”.
Points to be noted:
–On 4 October 1957, the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1 was launched in outer space for space. Then on 10 October 1967, the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies entered into force also known as “Magna Carta of Space” was signed. That is why the space week is celebrated between these days commemorating their anniversaries.
–The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is the UN office responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.
–The space week consists of space-related activities held by space agencies, aerospace industry, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs in a common time frame to achieve greater student and public impact through synchronization.
–In India, the celebrations took place in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra by different organizations including Space Education, Research and Development (SSERD).
–On global front the organizations of Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E) in The Netherlands, International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Paris, France, and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland among others are celebrating.
Recent Related News:
i.The Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO), Bengaluru signed an MoU with the Aryabhatta Research institute of Observational Science (ARIES), Nainital for the cooperation in the Field of Space Situational Awareness(SSA) andAstrophysic.
ii.ISRO announced that Chandrayaan-2 has captured images of Craters of the Moon by Terrain Mapping Camera – 2 (TMC-2) and named one of the craters as ‘Sarabhai Crater’ after Indian astrophysicist Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai who is regarded as the Father of Indian Space program.
About Space Education, Research and Development (SSERD):
It is a non-profit organization committed towards promoting space and STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education around the world.
- Through its World Space Week 2020 it aims to reach out to 1 million students through its 7 days online event.
Co-Founder & Chairman– Sujay Sreedhar
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Nikhita C
Headquarter– Bengaluru, Karnataka