International Space Day
International Space Day is celebrated on the First Friday of each may. This year it falls on May 3. International Space Day is created to promote the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education among the young people to motivate them to pursue their career in the Science field, especially in the Space-related jobs. The day also encourages the young people to learn more about space and its exploration.
“Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another.” – Plato, The Republic
History of International Space Day
In 1997, Space Day was created by Lockheed Martin Corporation as a one-day event. Due to its extreme popularity, John Glenn, former astronaut and senator expanded the Space Day to International Space Day in 2001. The main aim behind the creation of this day is to learn about the wonders of the unknown space which our planed flats in and to encourage the children to pursue their career in the scientific field.
Generally, Space refers to the void which exists between the earth’s upper atmosphere and other celestial bodies in the universe. Space or outer space is full of several forms of radiations and various debris (meteors, comets, and asteroids) from the formation of our solar system. Several scientific organisations around the world celebrate this day with the gatherings, demonstrations and educational programs. So it is a perfect day for you and your kids to learn about the unknown wonders of the space.
How to Celebrate International Space Day
On International Space Day, teachers, students, space-related organisations, and agencies will conduct several celebrations, events, educational programs and demonstrations. So locate the nearby space day events and take your children to attend those events. If you don’t have any nearby events, then visit your closest space museum and spend the entire day in exploring the exhibitions and learn about the wonders of the space. Post pictures and share your thoughts on social media about International Space Day by using the hashtags #SpaceDay or #InternationalSpaceDay.