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WEEK OF U.K. SPACE ACTIVITIES MARKS WORLD SPACE WEEK.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 May 2010 11:38
Published on Friday, 25 February 2005 00:00


( 4 - 10 October 2000)


Space Excites Interest in Science and Technology in UK and Worldwide,.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared that each year, October 4 - 10 will now be World Space Week - a global week of activities about space. It is hoped that this will encourage people to learn, think, and talk about space.

The joy of space will transmit around the globe with a series of exciting events, examining all aspects of mankind's expeditions  cross the final frontier.

From Star Trek to High Tec, the achievements and aspirations of the world will be in sharp focus during the first launch of World Space Week.

The week, which will become a permanent fixture in the science and technology calendar, will amaze, astound, inspire and  encourage people to learn, think and talk about space.

In the U.K., the National Co-ordinator for World Space Week is the Space Education Council (SEC). Events taking place during the week include a special showing of the IMAX movie "Destiny In Space"; a presentation by former Shuttle astronaut Don Lind;  a Rocket Competition for schools run by the Space Department at the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency in Farnborough; and the annual Space Education Symposium at the Science Museum in London.



PROGRAMME OF EVENTS IN THE U.K.

5th October, 10 am
IMAX, 'Destiny in Space' movie
Free to schools.
BFI IMAX Cinema, Waterloo, London.
Contact Alex Patrick, 020-7960-3140
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6th October, 2-4 pm
Don Lind, former Astronaut
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4 Mill Bank, W Derby,
Liverpool
Free.

7th October, 09.45 - 17.00
DERA Rocket competition, Farnborough, Hants.
Contact: Kotska Wallace,
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14th October, 10.00 - 17.00
Space Education Symposium,
Science Museum. Looking at the latest space education initiatives.
Admission by ticket (£5-15).
Contact: SEC on 020-8974-8006
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NOTES FOR EDITORS.

The Spaceweek International Association (SIA) in the United States has been co-ordinating its own Space Week for nearly 20 years and is now working closely with the United Nations to promote World Space Week.

The United General Assembly has fixed World Space Week to start on the anniversary of the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1 (4 October 1957), and to finish on the date that the Treaty of Peaceful Uses of Outer Space entered into force in 1967. These dates also correspond with the annual Congress of the International Astronautical Federation.

Events will be organised by governments, space agencies, industry and educational institutions, but other groups and individuals are encouraged to run events as well.


For further information contact:
Space Education Council
6 Borough Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 6BD
Tel/Fax: 020-8974-8006
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Information on World Space Week, ideas for events, teachers' kits and what is planned each year, is also on the Spaceweek International Association

Web site at: http://www.spaceweek.org

 

This press release is issued by the U.K. Space Education Council and is forwarded for your information by Peter Bond, Royal Astronomical Society Press Officer (Space Science).

3 October 2000.