IAU100 and Moon Landing 50 Partner with World Space Week
16 July 2019
World Space Week and IAU100 / Moon Landing 50 have established a partnership for close collaboration throughout 2019.
World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. These dates commemorate two events: the launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1 (October 4, 1957) and the signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (October 10, 1967).
World Space Week consisted of more than 5,400 registered events in 86 countries that took place from 4-10 October 2018. In 2019, World Space Week will feature the Moon, with astronomy groups globally focusing telescopes on our nearest neighbor. The designated theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.”
IAU100 is the year-long centennial celebration of the International Astronomical Union, consisting of coordinated local, regional and global projects and over 2500 registered activities (and growing!) in more than 100 nations in 2019. Moon Landing 50 is one of IAU100’s global projects that aims to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by coordinating activities worldwide that involve the moon. More than 120 countries are registered to take part.
As the aims and global vision of these organisations closely align, IAU100, Moon Landing 50 and World Space Week will work closely together to engage each other’s global communities and networks throughout 2019.