World Space Week 2004: Space and Sustainable Development
World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology and their contributions to the betterment of the human condition. It informs people around the world about the benefits they receive from space and highlights its possibilities for sustained economic development. World Space Week also promotes education by motivating students to learn more about space and preparing them to be the next generation of explorers. This issue of the Planetary Times is dedicated to World Space Week 2004: Space and Sustainable Development, the largest public space event in world history.
The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from Oct. 4-10. These dates are significant, as they were chosen to commemorate two important space-related events: the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957 and the signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activites of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies on Oct. 10, 1967. Each year more than 50 countries around the world celebrate World Space Week, which is organized by the United Nations with the support of Spaceweek International Association and local coordinators in several countries.
For more details about World Space Week, visit http://www.spaceweek.org .
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