An international celebration run by the U.N to celebrate space science is expected to take place next week, and it will allow for public participation in the event. The celebration, referred to as the World Space Week, is held every year, running from 4th October to 10th October, and this year’s gala program will be mainly focused on satellites.
The week features events presented by space agencies involved, aerospace companies, museums, schools, and astronomy clubs. With the Covid19 pandemic, this year’s event is expected to be different though strict measures have been put in place to ensure there is no spread of the virus.
During an interview with Space.com, Maruska Strah, the executive director of the World Space Week Association, this year’s theme will be the satellites’ comprehensive advantages as things that we do not usually have in our thoughts and take them for granted. He further stated that while the world is still connected even with the pandemic, it is thanks to the satellites.
While speaking to Space.com, the World Space Week Association President, Dennis Stone, stated an ongoing revolution in the satellite sector with a heightened range of ease of access and uses. There is a need to view with open minds what’s taking place in the satellite sector. On giving his examples of the industry’s emerging trends, Dennis talked about the development of CubeSat and the LEO mega-constellations. He further stated that satellites over a broad array of applications, especially in global issues like animal migration and the spread of diseases.
According to Strah and Stone, the event organizers will be forced to cut on the number of events expected to take place during the expo due to public safety concerns, especially when the world is faced with the covid19 pandemic. Stone further added that though this is an obstacle, there are many ways in which science can be brought to the people at home and encouraged those taking place in celebrations to honor space and satellites to do so in a safe way. He gave an example of a simple task that was not putting anyone in danger like parents and their children coming out in their backyards at dusk and searching for satellites and trying to learn more about them and their capabilities.
Strah was also optimistic about the worldwide connection, which can be brought about by virtue events where digital gatherings can bring together people from different parts globally without having to travel.