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World Space Week

October 4, 2012 by  

World Space Week, To celebrate the many ways in which mankind’s activities in space improve our daily lives, World Space Week is observed on October 4-10 each year. The theme for 2012 is “Space For Human Safety and Security.”

Some of the benefits of space related activities has supported humanitarian aid efforts such as planning the delivery of food and medicines to remote areas; monitoring the urban sprawl; contributing to the safety of maritime routing; aiding search and rescue operations; measuring air quality and pollution levels; monitoring deforestation and desertification; and tracking forest fires, floods, and damage caused by other natural disasters. A new initiative called the Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security which ensures the long-term availability and reliability of Earth observation data should be fully operational by 2014.

Fifty-five years ago, the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I, the world’s first artificial satellite, ushering in the Space Age. The succeeding decades saw flights into space, footprints on the moon, and the development of global satellite communications.

In recent years, there has been space exploration to more distant planets, international cooperation, and a focus on how space will be able to help planet Earth. Technologies developed in space exploration have become integrated into everyday life such as weather, telecommunications, environmental assessments.

We greet the organizers of World Space Week headed by the World Space Week Association Chairman Max Grimard and President Dennis Stone, and the officers of the partner organizations of World Space Week, the Astronomers Without Borders and the International Aeronautical Federation, for their efforts in encouraging public awareness of the contributions of space science and technology to life on Earth, and wish them success in all their endeavors. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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