The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week (WSW) will be held each year from October 4-10. The dates were in recognition of the October 4, 1957 launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration and the October 10, 1967 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 an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. World Space Week aims to:
- Provide unique leverage in space outreach and education
- Educate people around the world about the benefits that they receive from space
- Encourage greater use of space for sustainable economic development
- Demonstrate public support for space programs
- Excite young people about science, technology, engineering, and math
- Foster international cooperation in space outreach and education
This year, the World Space Week Association have selected selected ” Space: Guiding Your Way” as the theme for WSW. This relates to the benefits of satellite navigation to society and is vividly illustrated on the WSW 2014 poster by young Polish space artist Aga Kumuda.