World Space Week

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Micah Knight/Managing Editor

Oct. 4 through Oct. 10 is World Space Week! According to their website, World Space Week is “an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.” WSW was established in 1999 at the United Nations General Assembly in an effort to highlight space around the globe. This effort has been quite successful, as World Space Week has grown each year, and is sponsored by many large companies that produce spacecraft such as Lockheed Martin, Airbus Space and Defense, and Orbital ATK.

World Space Week had over 1,600 events in 72 nations last year, and this year is anticipated to have more. This year there are over 440 events in the United States, including one held on the ERAU campus on Wednesday, Oct. 7, sponsored by the Commercial Space Operations department. NASA is hosting a series of events including Rocket Garden Tours, an Astronaut Encounter, and an event celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

The dates for World Space Week are in honor of the launch of Sputnik, the first man-made satellite to be launched, on Oct. 4, 1957, and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty (or in its entirety, 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) on Oct. 10, 1967.

The Outer Space Treaty bans any nation from placing weapons of mass destruction in space or from laying claim to any land or area off of Earth, making space and the bodies therein free for anybody to explore.

In honor of World Space Week, The Avion’s Industry & Technology section is entirely devoted to Space Content from various organizations and departments on campus. To find more information about World Space Week, an event near you, or if you want to sponsor an event of your own next year, visit www.worldspaceweek.org.