The Largest Annual Public Space Event on Earth

The Largest Annual Public Space Event on Earth
Celebrated in over 50 Nations every October 4-10

"To celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition" -- as declared by the United Nations General Assembly

World Space Week Association (WSWA), founded in 1981, is one of the world's oldest space education organizations. Today it is the proud partner of the United Nations in the global coordination of World Space Week. WSWA recruits and supports a worldwide network of coordinators and participants. This non-government, non-profit, international organization is based in Houston, Texas, USA.

Exploring the Universe

The theme for World Space Week 2008 is "Exploring the Universe" This theme encourages participants to reflect during World Space Week on the space as the next frontier. Exploration can take many forms, from scientific discovery to human colonization. From space, we learn not only about astronomy, but we learn about Earth in many ways. As the next frontier, space offers bountiful resources of energy and materials, as well as a path for permanent human expansion off of our home planet Earth.
All World Space Week participants are requested to:
1) Plan World Space Week programs that address this theme in some way
2) Incorporate this theme into all of your World Space Week publicity materials
Each year's theme provides broad guidance to World Space Week participants on the content of their programs. The theme is selected to increase the impact of World Space Week on all humanity. Further, by using a uniform theme globally, World Space Week demonstrates unprecedented global cooperation in space. The theme is selected by the World Space Week Association Board of Directors in close coordination with the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs. Compliance with the theme is not required but is encouraged.
Your ideas for future year's World Space Week themes are welcomed and appreciated. Please email your theme ideas to

World Space Week Themes
2009 -- Space for Education
2008 -- Exploring the Universe
2007 -- 50 Years in Space
2006 -- Space for Saving Lives
2005 -- Discovery and Imagination
2004 -- Space for Sustainable Development
2003 -- Space: Horizon Beyond Earth
2002 -- Space and Daily Life
2001 -- Inspiration from Space
2000 -- Launching the Space Millennium