United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

World Space Week: Past Activities

 

    

   

World Space Week 2007 - 50 Years in Space

  

Children and Space

As part of the activities for World Space Week 2007, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) and the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna in cooperation with the Austrian Space Forum have invited school classes aged 6-16 to participate in a "space tour" that includes Multimedia Presentation on Mars exploration and the AustroMars Expedition, an experiment with the Dignity Rover and demonstration of the Spacesuit Glove.   

Civil Society and Space

A Forum "Civil Society and Outer Space: Where do we stand on using outer space for peaceful purposes" will take place on 8 and 9 October in the Vienna International Centre, organized by the Vienna CONGO office ( Conference of Non-governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations), in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, the European Space Policy Institute, the Space Generation Advisory Council and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency.
  
The Forum aims to provide an overview of the current situation pertaining to the use of outer space, in particular those space applications responding to a large variety of societal needs as well as to explore further possibilities of the use of space technology and its applications in the non-governmental sector.

  

Space Exhibition

A special exhibition on the 50 years of space age will take place in the month of October in the Vienna International Centre, consisting of satellite and rocket models, special photo exhibition on the United Nations and Outer Space, including a historic overview of the meetings of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the poster artwork, produced by the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA).

  

United Nations Stamps on "Space for Humanity - 50th Anniversary of the Space Age"


Available from the United Nations Postal Administration from 25 October 2007

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue a series of special "space stamp" on 25 October 2007 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of launch of the first artifical satellite into Earth orbit.

 

World Space Week Press Release: " 50 Years of Space Age: United Nations to Celebrate World Space Week 2007"  (UNIS/OS/359) 

   

History of World Space Week

World Space Week was officially declared by the General Assembly in 1999 ( resolution 54/68), based on a recommendation of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III).
  
Organized as an international celebration, the World Space Week aims to communicate the benefits of space science and technology to humankind and to increase awareness among the public and the decision makers of the benefits of the peaceful uses of space.
  
Since 2000 World Space Week was celebrated from October 4-10. Every year a central topic is chosen, with an emphasis on the daily benefits of space applications. In 2000, the central topic was The Space Millennium Begins, followed by Inspiration from Space (2001), Space and Daily Life (2002), Space: Horizon Beyond Earth (2003), Space for Sustainable Development (2004), Discovery and Imagination (2005) and last year's Space for Saving Lives.

  

Young people from all over the world participate in the programmes offered during World Space, exploring the possibilities of space science and technology applications in our daily lives.
  
More information on the World Space Week activities 2007 can be found on the website of the World Spaceweek Association, a non-government organization, at www.spaceweek.org.

     

World Space Week 2006 - Space for Saving Lives
The World Space Week 2006 theme was "Space for Saving Lives." Participants were encouraged to focus their World Space Week activities on how space technology is used to save lives on Earth and how it is used to combat disasters.
 
 


World Space Week Event held at the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)

 

     

  

World Space Week 2005 - Discovery and Imagination
 
 
Report of World Space Week 2005
 
OOSA invited school students from grades 5 - 8 in Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia and around the world to participate in designing a base on Mars. Each participating class was asked to build a model of a Mars base that is suited to the conditions on Mars and that includes everything the researchers would need to survive and work on Mars. After building the base, participating groups submitted photos and descriptions of their Mars base.
 
For more information on the activity please click on the links below.

Click on the below images to see models that were created by children from around the world!

Croatia
Model of Mars base
Grade 5 - 8
Astronomical Astronautical Club
Ronald Parise
Vladimir Nazor Elementary School, Virovitica
 
 
Hungary
Donát & Péter
Tervezz Mars-bázist! Pályázati munka
Osztály: 7.b
Mátyás Király Általános Iskola
Kecskemét
 
 
Slovenia
OS Brinje Grosuplje
Grosuplje

MARS - HABITAT
Patrick Milone (from Slovenia)
Capriva del Friuli, Italia
OS Ketteja in Murna
Ljubljana
OS Hinka Smrekarja
Ljubljana
Osnovna sola Ljudski vrt
Ptuj
Primary School Sentjan pri Dravogradu
Sentjan pri Dravogradu
Elementary school Šmarjeta
Šmarješke Toplice
OŠ SOLKAN
SOLKAN, N. GORICA
Skupina 1
OŠ SOLKAN
SOLKAN, N. GORICA
Skupina 2
United States of America
Fifth grade class
Center For Educational Excellence
Tempe, Arizona
 
 
 

Online resources

  

  

World Space Week 2004 - Space and Sustainable Development
The theme for World Space Week 2004, " Space and Sustainable Development," encouraged participants to consider how space technology can be used to ensure a balance between development and conservation of the Earth's resources.
 
Report of World Space Week 2004

  

  

World Space Week 2003 - Space: Horizon Beyond Earth
The theme of World Space Week 2003, " Space: Horizon Beyond Earth," encouraged people to discuss the two main activities in space - exploration and utilization.
 
Report of World Space Week 2003

 

        

World Space Week 2002 - Space and Daily Life
Report of World Space Week 2002

  

  

World Space Week 2001 - Inspiration from Space
Message of the Secretary General for the second World Space Week, October 4-10, 2001
 
Report of World Space Week 2001

  

  

World Space Week 2000 - Launching the Space Millennium
Message of the Secretary General for the first World Space Week, October 4-10, 2000
 
Hailing World Space Week, Secretary-General Says "Final Frontier" Means Bridging Divide between Technology's Haves, Have-nots" (click here for full text).
 
The following United Nations events were held for World Space Week in 2000.

Report of World Space Week 2000

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