World Space Week celebrated globally 2009-10-11 06:22:52   Print

    HOUSTON, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- A variety of space-related events had been held all over the world in the past week to celebrate World Space Week, the largest annual space event on Earth.

    "This is the 10th anniversary of World Space Week, declared by the UN General Assembly in 1999," said Dennis Stone, Volunteer President of World Space Association, a non-profit organization that assists the UN in the global coordination of World Space Week activities.

    "The theme this year is Space for Education. Teachers can inspire students by using he excitement of space. It's a powerful tool to fuel their motivation to learn," he said.

    More than 50 countries had taken part in this year's World Space Week, which ran from Oct. 5 to 10, according to the World Space Week Association. Events were varied in forms, including space-themed lectures, star-watching, space quiz, exhibits, and other forms of celebration.

    Typical participants included government space agencies, astronomy clubs, universities, media, observatories, science museums, science teachers and professors, schools and space societies, etc.

    In the U.S., the world leader in space science, the series of space-related activities were highlighted by a "World Space Week Star Party" thrown by U.S. President Barack Obama on the White House lawn Wednesday evening.

    The White House party for a select group of middle-school children will "highlight the president's commitment to science, engineering and math education as the foundation of this nation's global technological and economic leadership," the White House said in a statement.

    The White House South Lawn was transformed into an astronomy classroom with twenty telescopes set by NASA staff. Party guests viewed the moon's craters, Juptier and its moons and several stars, as well as enjoyed "other space themed activities."

    Britain, which is only second to the U.S. in space science, also hosted a range of activities to celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Space Week as well as celebrate the country's success story in the space sector.

    Schools, businesses, clubs and academic institutions across the country took part in World Space Week, celebrating space with a range of activities, including exhibitions, school visits, teacher-training workshops and lectures.

    Other highlights of this year's World Space Week include events globally celebrating the International Year of Astronomy, the start of the Great World Wide Star Count, and teachers globally inspiring students using the excitement of space.

    Events were also held in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, Romania and a number of other countries.

    World Space Week was instituted by the UN to celebrate the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human conditions. The week (Oct. 4-10) was specifically chosen in order to recall the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputinik, on Oct. 4, 1957, and the entry into force of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space on Oct. 10, 1967.

Editor: Yan
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