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2020 World Space Week, October 4 to 10

World Space Week is a UN declared celebration of space held annually, every October 4 to 10. It is the largest space event on Earth.These events are organized by thousands of organizations, including space agencies, aerospace companies etc..
2020 World Space Week is dedicated to satellites and their broad benefits under the theme “Satellites improve life.” The week celebrates contributions of space science and technology.

History of World Space Week:
WSW was declared by the United Nations General Assembly on December 6, 1999. The dates commemorate the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, on 4 October 1957 and the entry into force of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies on 10 October 1967.

Significance and Activities
The major aims of observing the World Space Week is discussing space outreach and education. People need to be educated about the benefits we are already getting from the space technology. It also encourages more people to get into the field, especially the young people. A larger aim is also to have international cooperation in space outreach.

The World Space Week begins on October 4 every year. This is because, the first man-made satellite, Sputnik  was launched from the earth on October 4, 1957.
The World Space Week celebrations end on October 10. This is because, the Treaty on Principles governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and use of outer space was signed on October 10.

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