World Space Week 2022

World Space Week is observed from October 4 to 10 every year.

Key facts

  • World Space Week is observed to create awareness about space activities, inspire next generation to contribute to those activities and promote international cooperation in space outreach and education.
  • “Space and Sustainability” is the theme for this year’s World Space Week.
  • Its aim is to achieve sustainability in and from space.
  • It focuses on how sustainability in space relates to how humanity uses space, especially the orbital area around the Earth.
  • Space explorations and remote Earth observations play a major role in assessing climate change, identification of pollution on land and sea and supporting agricultural activities.
  • Of the 169 targets under the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 65 of them are directly achieved through Earth observation satellites and related technologies.
  • Achieving these goals is impossible in the absence of these technologies.

Background

World Space Week was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 6, 1999 to commemorate the contributions of space science and technology towards human development. It is the largest space sector-related event in the world. It is coordinated by the UN in collaboration with the World Space Week Association (WSWA) to provide a unique outreach and education in space sector. The week commemorates the launch of first manmade Earth satellite, Sputnik-1 on October 4, 1957 and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on October 10, 1967. Every year, a theme is chosen by the World Space Week Association (WSWA) Board of Directors in close coordination with the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs. The theme guides the overall celebrations of the World Space Week across the globe.

UN Office of Outer Space Affairs

The United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is an office in UN secretariat that promotes and facilitates the peaceful use of outer space. It is the secretariat for the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) – the UNGA’s only committee exclusively dealing with multilateral cooperation on the peaceful use of outer space.

FAQ

On which date world space week is observed?

World Space Week is observed from October 4 to 10 every year.

What is the theme of World Space Week 2022?

“Space and Sustainability”

Since when, World Space Week is observed?

World Space Week was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 6, 1999 to commemorate the contributions of space science and technology towards human development.

What is full form of UNOOSA?

United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs

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