Happy World Space Week
In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly passed as resolution recognizing October 4th-10th as World Space Week. This year’s theme is “Space and Sustainability.” The annual week long celebration is dedicated to “the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.” An international event, World Space Week includes space-related activities sponsored by various agencies including space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetariums, and museums.
Waste and Recycling Workers Week wants to remind you that garbage collection is not just an earthly problem! In a joint initiative, Waste and Recycling Workers Week has teamed up with Space Waste Solutions to work toward finding new ways to clean up our galaxy. As our space programs expand, the waste created becomes a bigger problem. We need to take action now to prevent issues in the future.
Why is Space Waste a Concern?
More than 95% of what is orbiting in space, is space junk: out-of-control space stations, used rocket parts, dead satellites, lost astronaut tools and more. In 2017, it was estimated there were 14,000 old rocket parts and pieces of space junk floating around in space. This type of space pollution could easily collide with satellites and other spacecraft. The debris can also pose a risk to other orbiting systems.
Solutions for Space Waste
As World Space Week kicks off, we should all be looking for new and innovative ways to prevent space waste while continuing our efforts to get the existing mess cleaned up! One exciting new invention is the Solar Space Waste Incineration System. This amazing technology is a unique step forward for this growing problem.
Events & Resources
Join Waste and Recycling Workers Week as we celebrate World Space Week by finding an event near you! And take a look at these great resources for educators and parents engage your student or child in the World Space Week celebration.