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2017 World Space Week begins today

on 04 October 2017

World Space Week, the largest public event in the world dedicated to the celebration of space, takes place between 4 – 10 October. Over 100 Romanian organisations and institutions have responded to the invitation to join the celebrations. They are organising educational and other outreach activities centred on this year’s theme – „Exploring New Worlds in Space”.

Among the activities taking place all around the country are:

  • In Barlad, astronomical observations and interactive sessions on the Cassini mission legacy and cosmology.
  • In Targoviste there will be a conference on outstanding people in science and technology, as well as debates, movie screenings and interactive activities.  
  • In Targu Neamt, on 6 October, at 14:00, students from the “Stefan cel Mare” high school will meet with Daniel Movilă, third place winner in the international Odysseus 2017 competition (held in Toulouse, France), who will share insights from his experience.
  • In Bucharest, at “Dante Alighieri” high school, there will be a workshop, movie projections about outer space and an exhibition with space related art objects.
  • On 9 and 10 October, Zalau will host a public event where pupils and students are invited to display their space related costumes, their mock ups and their experiments on the event’s theme.

Similar events will take place in counties such as: Iași, Maramureș, Neamț, Olt, Dâmbovița, Cluj, Buzău, Bihor, Arad, Vaslui. Events can have last minute changes. We advise you to consult the website of organisers. The full list with events held in Romania and worldwide can be accessed here.

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About World Space Week

The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year during the same period: 4 – 10 October, since these dates commemorate two events: 4 October 1957 — launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration and 10 October 1967 — the signing of 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.

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. In Romania, the event is coordinated by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA).

Starting with the first edition, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth.

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) is national coordinator for WSW.

Image credit: WSW