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World Space Week


Space & Entrepreneurship

“We hope that World Space Week 2023 will level out barriers and inspire the space entrepreneurs of tomorrow to create new space applications that enhance benefits to all humankind.” — World Space Week Association President Dennis Stone

What is World Space Week?

World Space Week (WSW) is an international celebration of science and technology, and its contribution to the betterment of the human condition. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared 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: Signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and other Celestial Bodies

To learn more about World Space Week’s history, please visit:

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Who can participate in World Space Week?

Anyone! Whether you are interested in space or simply wish to join in the festivities alongside your fellow space enthusiasts and followers, there is a place in space for everyone!

World Space Week is held annually October 4-10.

Any activity related to space can be celebrated and registered as a World Space Week event.

Event ideas:

  • Event with a space speaker
  • Space-related music concert
  • Space-themed art exhibit
  • Space movie night
  • Libraries feature space books
  • School activities to engage children in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts Mathematics)

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What are the goals of World Space Week?

  • Promote global awareness and unique leverage in space outreach and education
  • Provide education globally about the benefits of space exploration
  • Encourage greater use of space for sustainable economic development
  • Demonstrate public support for space programs
  • Engage young people in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics
  • Foster international collaboration in space outreach and education
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Kids experiment

World Space Week event quality criteria:

  • Begins and/or ends in the first half of October
  • Space related
  • No duplicates
  • All activities in one facility (such as at one school, or at one conference) and are consolidated in a single event

To learn more about WSW guidelines, please visit:

Let Space Foundation help you plan your World Space Week event!

As the designated United States WSW National Coordinator, we kindly request you send an email to [email protected]. Our dedicated team will assist you in brainstorming ideas, offering valuable resources to achieve your World Space Week objectives, and guiding you through the registration process for your WSW event. You can also find additional information and register your event at

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