World Space Week
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World Space Week (WSW) is an annual holiday observed from 4 to 10 October in various parts of the world, including Europe and Asia. World Space Week is officially defined as "an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition".
On December 6, 1999, The United Nations General Assembly declared World Space Week as an annual event celebration to be commemorated between October 4 and 10. The choice of dates was based on recognition of two important dates in space history: the launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, on October 4, 1957; and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on October 10, 1967.
World Space Week is the largest annual space event in the world. In 2017, World Space Week was celebrated with over 3,700 events in 80 countries. Events included school activities, exhibitions, government events, and special activities at planetaria around the world.
Each year, a theme for World Space Week is established by the Board of Directors of World Space Week Association.
Under the theme "Exploring New Worlds in Space", many events of World Space Week 2017 focused on plans for human exploration of space and recent discoveries of Earth-like planets in nearby solar systems. 
In 2018, the theme for World Space Week was "Space Unites the World". This in part recognizes the historic UNISPACE+50 gathering to be held in Vienna this year.
Activities and observances
The World Space Week Association is a non-government, non-profit organization, which is supported by national coordinators in over 50 nations. It is led by an all volunteer Board of Directors including Buzz Aldrin, Bill Nye, Tom Hanks, Elon Musk, Dorin-Dumitru Prunariu, Max Grimard, Lisa LaBonte, and space leaders from around the world. Its goals are to educate people around the world about the benefits that they receive from space, encourage use of space for sustainable economic development, foster enthusiastic education and interest in science and cooperation between nations through space outreach and education.
The association provides resources for educators in grade K-12.
A Calendar of Events from nations celebrating World Space Week is available.
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