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World Space Week focuses on space sustainability for this year’s events

The role of humanity in space exploration is once again noted.

World Space Week 2022 kicks off on Tuesday (October 4) with events themed “Space and Sustainability”.

The week is dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the launch of a satellite from the Soviet Union, which became the first man-made object in orbit on October 4, 1957. Since then, thousands of satellites (and lots of space junk) have fueled discussions about the impact on astronomy, launches and other space activities.

“WSW will be celebrating two topics that will be covered: achieving sustainability in space and achieving sustainability from space,” officials at the event wrote, saying their focus was on “the orbital region surrounding the Earth itself.” [as] end resource.

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The topic appears to be a response to the growing threat from mega-constellations such as SpaceX’s Starlink internet project, as well as space collision events such as the Russian anti-satellite test that took place almost exactly one year ago, in November 2021.

Find out more about the key events of World Space Week below and how you can organize your own event.

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All events of the World Space Week are listed in this global calendar. (will open in a new tab). (At this point, NASA and European Space Agency events are not yet listed.)

For your event to be included in the list, there are four main steps to follow: hold it from October 4th to 10th, choose an event (whose audience can range from preschoolers to seniors), plan an event branded as World Space Week, and then distribute word.

“We encourage you to send a press release to your local newspaper or TV/radio station and announce it on social media using the World Space Week hashtag,” the organizers said. (will open in a new tab). This year the hashtags #WSW2022, #worldspaceweek, #worldspaceweek2022 and #spaceandsustainabilitywsw.

For more information on registering for your event and tips on running it, please visit this World Space Week webpage. (will open in a new tab). You can also tag your photos on Flickr to join the World Space Week album. (will open in a new tab).

Event Examples (will open in a new tab) include:

  • Computers with space software or for viewing space websites
  • Space music concert
  • Distribute space literature
  • An exhibition of space-related art, books or magazines, hardware, maps, moon rocks or meteorites, photographs, stamps, space memorabilia, or student projects.
  • Films about space
  • Artistic space books
  • Model rocket launch by students and adults
  • School activities to get kids excited about math and science
  • science fiction festival

World Space Week Highlights

Official list of major events of World Space Week (will open in a new tab) include:

  • US Vice President Kamala Harris announces new coalition of space companies (will open in a new tab) this will focus on increasing the capacity of the space industry to meet the growing demand for a skilled technical workforce.
  • Chris Boschuizen, One Giant Leap Australia Foundation, Moonshot and RMIT Space Industry Hub announced “Mission: Sustainability”. (will open in a new tab)challenge for Australian students to design the sustainable space station of the future.
  • A short film will be produced at Prestwick Spaceport in the United Kingdom to encourage young people to consider a career in Scotland. (will open in a new tab) end-to-end space sector. The film will be made available to schools in partnership with Skypath, the careers initiative of the South Ayrshire Economic and Recovery Services Council.
  • Australia’s One Giant Leap Foundation and Space Teams Organize “Mission OZ!” (will open in a new tab)a six-day virtual space mission for students ages 12 and up.

space fund

List of World Space Week events from the Space Foundation (will open in a new tab) includes:

  • October 4: Boeing Art Exhibition – Art In The Stars (will open in a new tab)
  • October 4: Reading the Earth: My First 4.54 Billion Years (will open in a new tab): Small Steps, Giant Leap engages young space explorers with interactive and creative storytelling.
  • October 5: Robots and programming (will open in a new tab): Learn how robots work and how scientists use them in space exploration.
  • October 6: Space Matters (will open in a new tab): The second season of the Space Foundation’s Space Matters program brings together prominent political figures for high-level monthly space policy discussions on emerging topics and trends in the global space economy.
  • October 7th: Direct Mission Briefing (will open in a new tab): This exciting class activity will allow students from all walks of life across the country to explore fifty different STEAM careers related to building a lunar colony.
  • October 8: Electricity and circuits (will open in a new tab): Tesla’s Toolbox workshop this month focuses on electricity and circuits.
  • October 9: #Space4Fun (will open in a new tab): 10th Anniversary Family Day: Space Foundation Discovery Center turns 10 years old.

White House initiatives

Newly Announced Funding and White House Initiatives (will open in a new tab) for World Space Week 2022 includes:

  • Military Space Career Website: Department of Defense to Launch STEM Space Career Page (will open in a new tab) to showcase career opportunities and raise awareness of career opportunities in the military space industry.
  • Noggin’s Outer Space Series: Noggin (will open in a new tab)Space Place’s Space Place, a collection of animated videos and live-action content, will produce materials including kids’ questions for astronauts on the International Space Station, a special “Boggin Knows” episode, and free teacher guides to help teachers use learning tools . .
  • ‘Mission Unstoppable’ for Women in Space: CBS Weekly TV Show ‘Mission Unstoppable’ (will open in a new tab)will share stories of women from diverse backgrounds who contribute to the exploration, discovery and application of space knowledge, including systems engineers, climate scientists, satellite maintenance technicians, astronomers and solar physicists.
  • New Resource Center for Educators on Space STEM Materials: 100Kin10, (will open in a new tab) a national network of academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies and government agencies will launch a new public resource with free space-inspired learning materials and learning resources for PreK-12 teachers and students.
  • A Special Collection of Resources for STEM Educators STEM: Discovery Education (will open in a new tab) will curate a special collection of Space Week STEM space resources on its digital learning platform. These include space-focused STEM career videos and educator learning resources from content partners including NASA, the National Science Foundation, and Boeing.
  • Data Science for Space and Sustainability: Hines Family Foundation (will open in a new tab), in partnership with the Atlanta University Consortium Data Science Initiative and the NASA Georgia Space Grants Consortium at Georgia Institute of Technology, will host “From STEM to Respect: Space Tools and Strategies to Power the Underrepresented Workforce of the 21st Century.” The Atlanta event aims to increase the participation of black and historically black academics from colleges and universities in the space and sustainability industries.

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