World Space Week

The 13th annual World Space Week – a weeklong international celebration of spaceflight and exploration — kicked off yesterday (Oct. 4) and runs through Oct. 10. Both of these were key dates in the history of space exploration. On Oct. 4, 1957, the Soviet Union lofted Sputnik 1, humanity’s first-ever artificial satellite. And the Outer Space Treaty, which forms the basis for international space law, came into effect on Oct. 10, 1967.

World Space Week always has a theme, and this year it’s “Space for Human Safety and Security.” More than 350 events in nearly 50 countries around the world will highlight the ways in which humanity’s space activities make daily life better for us here on Earth.

World Space Week has five main goals, according to its website: 1) Educate people around the globe about the benefits of spaceflight and exploration; 2) Encourage greater use of space for sustainable economic development; 3) Show that space programs enjoy public support; 4) Get young people excited about science; and 5) Encourage international cooperation in space outreach and education.

The launch of Sputnik 1 shocked America and set the space race in motion. You too can take action by scheduling space-related activities to celebrate World Space Week.

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Below are two uplifting space-themed movies that demonstrate the value of teamwork and focus on reaching a goal. Both are available to watch instantly as an Amazon Instant Video, and are worth having in your DVD collection. We’ve watched these over and over again!

October Sky (1999-PG) is the true story of a teenage boy (Homer Hickam) who dreams of building a rocket. Hickam’s story begins in 1957 with Russia’s historic launch of the Sputnik satellite.

Apollo 13 (1995-PG) is the true story of the problems encountered with a Saturn V rocket bound for the moon in 1970. NASA’s worst nightmare turned into one of the space agency’s most heroic moments.


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