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World Space Week 2015 is celebrating deep space discoveries

on 23 September 2015

World Space Week 2015, the international celebration of science, technology and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition, will take place this year between 4-10 October, following the success of the 2014 edition when more than 1400 events in 80 countries celebrated the benefits of space and excitement about space exploration.

The theme of the 2015 event - “Discovery” - will inspire organisers from around the world to create exciting events at schools, universities, science centers, planetaria, companies and museum in the context of the great discoveries that space exploration have brought to humankind.

From a World Space Week point of view, “Discovery” is related to deep space exploration, ESA missions like ESA Gaia, Kepler, Herschel, Hubble, etc., discoveries of new galaxies, exoplanets, asteroids and comets.

World Space Week consists of space education and outreach events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world in a common timeframe. These synchronized space events attract greater public and media attention. The 2014 event achieved record scale: 1600 events, nearly double that of prior year and events organised in 72 nations. Furthermore, total audience since 2007 reached over 2 million attendee and nearly 500 million media impressions.

You can keep up with latest news related to World Space Week 2015 by following the global accounts on Twitter and Facebook, by tracking the hashtag #WSW2015 on Instagram and Pinterest and on the official World Space Week website.

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 Activites 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.

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

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Official poster of World Space Week 2015