About 50 nations on all seven continents will be taking part in the fifth anniversary of World Space Week. Activities are scheduled around the globe throughout this year’s celebration. Check out the opportunities listed below to find out what’s happening in North America.
International Astronautical Congress – Oct. 4-8
Global space leaders meet at this year’s International Astronautical Congress held in Vancouver, Canada. The annual congress addresses a very wide range of areas of interest to the space community touching science and exploration, applications, technology, missions, and space and society. Go to http://www.iac2004.ca/ to learn more.
Lance Bass School Visits – Oct. 7-8
Lance Bass will be visiting schools in and around the Los Angeles area on Oct. 7 and 8 to promote math and science education. Please see http://www.spaceweek.org for more information.
Space Weekend – Oct. 8-10
COSI’s facility in Columbus, Ohio will host an all-star celebration of space, including rocket workshops, special films, and a lively panel discussion featuring Astronauts John Glenn, Kathy Sullivan, Sally Ride, and rocket scientist Homer Hickam (October Sky). Visit http://www.cosi.org/support/donorSpace.htm to learn more.
Space Frontier Foundation Conference – Oct. 8-10
The Space Frontier Foundation's Annual Conference will be held at the world-famous Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The conference will focus on new issues in the commercial space launch industry. Visit http://www.space-frontier.org/Events/SFC13/ for details.
Frontiers of Flight Museum Event – Oct. 9
World Space Week will be celebrated in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. The event is being organized by the National Space Society. To learn more, go to http://www.flightmuseum.com .
Walt Cunningham at the Space Store – Oct. 9
The Space Store in Houston, Texas celebrates World Space Week on Oct. 9 with a children's event featuring an appearance by famous astronaut Walt Cunningham. The first 50 attendees will receive a free World Space Week 2004 poster. The Apollo 7 Astronaut will appear from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and will read from the Dr. Suess book, "There's No Place like Space." Mr. Cunningham will be available for autographs and to answer questions. The Space Store is located at 1400 NASA Road One Suite D. Please visit http://www.thespacestore.com/ for more information.
Evening with the Astronauts – Oct. 14
The U.S. chapter of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) is hosting its first National Congress, coinciding with World Space Week. The public is invited to take part in a special "Evening with the Astronauts" on Oct. 14 at Rocket Town in Webster, Texas. Proceeds from the reception and autograph session will benefit ASE's educational and environmental awareness programs. For information, see http://www.rocket-town.com/ .
World Space Week events are also taking place elsewhere in the world. If you would like to learn more or post information about an event, please visit www.spaceweek.org .
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