The History of International Space Day

The History of International Space Day

"Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Have you ever wondered what lies beyond our skies?

Each year on the first Friday in May, the world celebrates Space Day, an international campaign to remember all the awesome achievements of astronauts.

It was created in 1997 by the Lockheed Martin Corporation as a one-day event. In 2001, due to its extreme popularity, former astronaut and Senator John Glenn expanded Space Day to International Space Day.

A number of scientific organizations celebrate this day with demonstrations, gatherings, and educational programs.

It aims to promote math, science, technology and engineering education in young people to inspire them to pursue a career in science, especially a career in space-related jobs.

Here’s some interesting facts about our space:

  • The tallest mountain in the solar system is actually on an asteroid. Rheasilvia, believed to be an impact crater, makes up 90 percent of Vesta’s surface. It is 14.2 miles tall.
  • Since there is no atmosphere for sound waves to travel through, outer space is completely silent.
  • Due to its slow rotation, a day on Venus lasts longer than an entire year. The planet takes 243 Earth days to rotate on its axis, but only 225 Earth days to orbit the sun.

International Space Day is a day to celebrate humanity’s forays into the unknown, how far science has come, and the wonders that lie just beyond our atmosphere.

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