Leading into World Space Week, we are celebrating 60 years of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
For six decades, NASA has led the peaceful exploration of space, making discoveries about our planet, our solar system, and our universe. At home in America, NASA research has made great advances in aviation, helped to develop a commercial space industry, enrich our economy, create jobs, and strengthen national security. Outside the United States, our international partnerships shine as examples of diplomacy. Space exploration has brought together people of diverse backgrounds working for the good of all humankind.
As we celebrate NASA’s first 60 years of achievement, we honor the sacrifice that came with it: the tragic loss of lives including aviation pilots and the crew members of Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia. Sacrifice has also come in the countless hours dedicated NASA personnel—on the ground and in space—have spent away from families to plan and execute missions. The next decade promises to be full of adventures that only science fiction writers dreamed of and only NASA and its partners will accomplish.
World Space Week – October 4-10
In 1999 the United Nations declared October 4-10 as World Space Week. These dates were chosen to commemorate two significant events in space history. On October 4, 1957 Sputnik I became the first human-made satellite to be launched into outer space. On October 10, 1967 the United Nations Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies went into effect.
Each year World Space Week tries to encourage, educate and support space exploration world-wide through various programs and activities centered around a central theme. This year’s 2018 theme is “Space Unites the World.”