World Space Week


World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.

World Space 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 promote the celebration of World Space Week within their own countries.

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?

World Space Week consists of space education and outreach events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world in a common timeframe. These synchronized space events attract greater public and media attention.

Our events during World Space Week 2023

Next World Space Week is in

Happy World Space Week!

Every year, for one week in October, the globe unites in celebrating World Space Week, an international observance established by the United Nations in 1999 to commemorate the launch of Sputnik 1, the first human-made satellite, and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty. This event serves as an important reminder of the marvels of space exploration and the profound impact it has on our lives, shaping everything from our understanding of the universe to the technology in our pockets.

This year, the theme, ‘Space and Entrepreneurship’, resonates with an ever-growing importance. As the final frontier beckons with limitless opportunities, entrepreneurs worldwide are answering its call, ushering in a new era of innovation and possibilities. We’ve moved beyond the epoch where space exploration was solely the domain of nation-states. Today, private businesses, startups, and spirited entrepreneurs are increasingly playing pivotal roles in shaping the trajectory of space missions, satellite technologies, and even space tourism.

Here are the instructions on how to register an event for World Space Week.

World Space Week is an excellent opportunity for organizations across the world to come together and help collectively inspire and stimulate interests in space, space sciences and education. Your organization can participate in the celebration of World Space Week each October 4-10. By doing so, you will leverage the public and media attention surrounding the largest annual public space event on Earth.

Why run an event?

An annual event, World Space Week is an excellent opportunity for local organisations in your country to come-together and help collectively inspire and stimulate interests in space, STEM sciences and education. Your organisation could leverage World Space Week to:

  • Reach out to prospective members
  • Provide community outreach and education
  • Engage with your local community
  • Help raise the profile of space-related organisations and activities across your country
  • Have fun, and get your members engaged

How to organize a World Space Week event?

Anyone can contribute an event during world space Week!

Community Contributions:
We also welcome and feature events from across the Wairarapa community. If you’re hosting a space-related event or know of one happening in our region, let us know, and we’ll gladly feature it!

Keep an eye on this page as we’re continuously updating with new events, ensuring you’re always in the loop about Wairarapa’s cosmic happenings. So, mark your calendars, gather your fellow space lovers, and get ready to embark on astronomical adventures right here in Wairarapa!

What To Expect

Our Signature Events:
Brought to you by passionate space aficionados, our signature events aim to blend the wonders of the universe with our unique Wairarapa charm. Whether it’s an astrophotography workshop amidst the stunning landscapes or a space-themed movie night under the open sky, you’re sure to find something that piques your interest.


Thank you for being part of our World Space Week

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