It’s World Space Week!
On the first day of @WorldSpaceWeek 2018, we're throwing you back to @newscilive where we showcased our space story and involvement in the upcoming @BepiColombo mission to Mercury! #WSW2018 #TBT #OutofthisWorld ✨?? pic.twitter.com/jRo17gMzPc
— Uni of Leicester (@uniofleicester) October 4, 2018
So what is World Space Week? In 1999 the UN declared that this week each year as “An international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.” Each year there is a theme, this year the theme is “Space Unites The World”.
World Space Week has rapidly grown to the point that there are literally thousands of events across the world celebrating science and its impact on the world.
The celebration starts on the 4th of October to coincide with the anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, the first human-made Earth satellite, and our first step towards space exploration. The week ends on the 10th October to celebration the 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 in 1967.
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.”
-John F. Kennedy