World Space Week 2022:
World Space Week is observed from October 4 to 10 every year.
- World Space Week is observed to create awareness about space activities, inspire next generation to contribute to those activities and promote international cooperation in space outreach and education.
- “Space and Sustainability” is the theme for this year’s World Space Week.
- Its aim is to achieve sustainability in and from space.
- It focuses on how sustainability in space relates to how humanity uses space, especially the orbital area around the Earth.
- Space explorations and remote Earth observations play a major role in assessing climate change, identification of pollution on land and sea and supporting agricultural activities.
- Of the 169 targets under the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 65 of them are directly achieved through Earth observation satellites and related technologies.
- Achieving these goals is impossible in the absence of these technologies.
- World Space Week was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 6, 1999 to commemorate the contributions of space science and technology towards human development.
- It is the largest space sector-related event in the world.
- It is coordinated by the UN in collaboration with the World Space Week Association (WSWA) to provide a unique outreach and education in space sector.
- The week commemorates the launch of first manmade Earth satellite, Sputnik-1 on October 4, 1957 and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on October 10, 1967.