International Space Day
About International Space Day
When is International Space Day? This holiday is celebrated on the first Friday in May
Space Day allows you to participate in the excitement and fascination of space. Space exploration is a topic of great interest to millions, old and young alike. It’s a topic as broad as the universe!
Originally started to get America’s youth interested in math and science, Space Day focuses on creating interest and awareness of all kinds of topics and issues related to space and space exploration. This holiday caught on quickly and became wildly popular.
On this day all kinds of space-related organizations, groups, and agencies hold celebrations, demonstrations, and educational programs.
How to Participate in International Space Day
Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate Space Day. Here are a few ideas on how to participate in and celebrate this holiday:
- Find an event near you and …go!
- Visit a science center or observatory.
- Get out your telescope tonight and view the heavens.
- Watch television documentaries on space. Make this a fun day and create your own celebration with your kids or in the workplace.
- Teachers… don’t miss creating a special lesson plan for today. The kids will love it.
- Visit NASA’s website.
“I prefer not to think before speaking. I like being as surprised as everyone else by what comes out of my mouth.” – – Author Unknown
History and Origin of International Space Day
Space Day was created by Lockheed Martin Corporation in 1997. The goal was to motivate the youth of America to study math and science. This day was originally established as a one-day event. An exciting topic of interest to millions, Space Day quickly became an annual event.
Former astronaut and Senator John Glenn expanded Space Day to International Space Day in 2001.
There are several other “Space Days” held on various dates by scientific groups and organizations interested in the subject of space.
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