Wednesday, October 5, 2016

World Space Week 2016

   As we gear up for the 2016 edition of World Space Week, the association is promoting WSW at this year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the world’s premier space event. 
   The 67th IAC is hosted in Mexico, a country that has been a tremendous promoter of World Space Week in recent years.

   The Mexican Space Agency or Agencia Espacial Mexicana (AEM), formally established in 2010, has been coordinating World Space Week in the country for the last four years. The AEM chose World Space Week for creating awareness of space, in order to take advantage of the international exposure, UN endorsement, and WSW’s flexible format.        From 7000 participants spread across 10 states in 2013, WSW in Mexico grew to almost 112,000 participants across 22 states in 2015. Run on very small budgets, AEM has reached close to 200,000 individuals in all parts of Mexico through World Space Week. In 2015, a total of 172 events were reported, conducted at universities, schools and other institutions.

   World Space Week can thus be a great framework for countries and agencies to foster and promote space and its benefits for humanity.

World Space Week is held every October and celebrates the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. Space and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) events are held October 4 – 10, to commemorate two big events in space history, but the celebration takes place all month long all over the world. Last year, over 1,800 events were held in 73 countries. We hope to beat that number this year by encouraging people to participate in the upcoming World Space Week.

Create Your Own World Space Week Event

   Participating in World Space Week is as simple as having some friends over for a movie marathon, or creating an activity for students in the classroom. Your event can be public or private, entirely up to you. Just don’t forget to register your event with us so we can record it for 2016!

You can find many creative event ideas on our website. Here are a few:

  • Build your own spacecraft using free print-it-yourself paper cutout satellite models (available for print our website)
  • Use Google Earth to visit the Seven Wonders of the World, ancient battle sites, the launch pads at Cape Canaveral, or the pyramids
  • Hosting a movie marathon with classic space flicks like Star Trek, Star Wars, Apollo 13, Interstellar, The Martian, Gravity, Contact, 2001: A Space Odyssey, etc.
  • Gathering a few fitness friends to “train like an astronaut” and exercise for a couple of hours (yoga, running, walking, tennis, weight-lifting, swimming, etc.)
  • Arrange a star party with friends and locate the constellations! No telescope necessary! Use sites like Dark Site Finder to find the best spots for stargazing.

Attend a World Space Week Event

   Attending a World Space Week event is a great way to meet like-minded people who are excited about science and learn something new! Museums, colleges, clubs, and organizations will be putting on a number of events over World Space Week. Find a public space event in your region via our 2016 event list.

   Check out our 2016 events map to find events like these:

Promote World Space Week to Your Friends!

   The power of social media goes a loooooong way! We encourage you to share your World Space Week social media posts by using the hashtag #WSW2016. Also, make sure you tag us on your posts so we can reshare your stuff! We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Together we can spread awareness for the amazing developments in space exploration and technology!

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