World Space Week 2021: History, Significance, and Facts

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World Space Week will be observed from 4th to 10th October 2021. It is an annual event that honors technology and science and their influence on improving the social condition.

World Space Week
World Space Week

The event starts on the 4th to celebrate the launch of the first artificial satellite (Sputnik 1) on 4th October 1957.

It finishes on the 10th date to admire the Treaty’s signing on outer space for the Exploration and Peaceful Usages, including the Moon and Other Heavenly Bodies on 10th October 1967.

World Space Week strives to teach people the advantages they get from space, increase public support for space programs, and support space for sustainable economic growth.

World Space Week
World Space Week

World Space Week History

The UN General Assembly announced this Week on 6th December 1999. A yearly event commemorated between October 4th and 10th. 

The selection of dates was based on identifying two critical dates in space history: the launch of the primary artificial Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, on 4th October 1957; and the Treaty signing of Outer Space on October 10th, 1967.

World Space Week Significance
World Space Week Significance

World Space Week was the most significant yearly space event globally. In 2019, World Space Week was marked with no less than 8,000 events in 96 nations. Events cover government functions, presentations, school activities, and unique activities at planetaria everywhere in the world.

World Space Week Theme in 2021

‘Women in Space’ is the theme for the upcoming World Space Week. STEM subjects are witnessed as being controlled by men, but women have performed many outstanding contributions to the world of space exploration.

For instance, an American scientist, Katharine Louise Bouman, helped capture the first-ever image of a black hole. Another woman, An African-American mathematician, Katharine Coleman Goble Johnson‘s work has been effective in US space exploration.

Nevertheless, almost 90 percent of those who have been into space are men, so this event also seeks to encourage new, budding female explorers!

Facts about space

  1. A car-sized asteroid enters Earth’s environment nearly once a year, but it burns up before it touches us. Pheww!
World Space
World Space
  • One million Earths could fit inside the sun – and the sun is regarded as an average size star.
  • For years, people considered that Earth was the single planet in our solar system with flowing water. More recently, NASA unveiled its most substantial proof yet that alternate flowing water on Mars, too!
  • Comets are remaining particles from the formation of our solar system nearly 4.5 billion years ago – they consist of carbon dioxide, sand, and ice.
  • You would not be able to stroll on Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, or Neptune as they don’t have any solid area!
  • Space trash is any artificial object encircling Earth that no further serves a functional purpose. Scientists consider there are roughly 500,000 pieces of space trash presently, including parts from satellites and rockets and daily items like spanners left during the development of the International Space Station!
Space trash
Space trash
  • The most giant mountain identified to man is located on an asteroid named Vesta. It contains a whopping height of 22 km, 3x as tall as Mount Everest!

Activities and observances

During the week, there are thousands of events in around eighty countries. These include online lectures, educational workshops, and even chances to witness planets through telescopes. The events strive to teach people about space and the importance of cosmic discoveries.

Planets through telescopes
Planets through telescopes

Plus, they offer an opportunity to appreciate and admire the jaw-dropping phenomena of the universe.

Its goals are to teach people worldwide about the advantages they get from space, promote space usage for sustainable economic growth, and foster intense education and engagement in science and collaboration between countries through space education and outreach.

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