The 12th annual World Space Week begins today (Oct. 4-10). Commemorating the launch of Sputnik on this day in 1957, (54 years ago for the math challenged like me), World Space Week was declared by the United Nations in 1999. It is the largest event in the world, 2,259 events being held over the week in 94 countries, with an estimated 1,351,000 attendee and an additional 296 million people reached via media coverage.

This year’s theme is  50 Years of Human Spaceflight celebrating the first manned space flight by cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin on April 12th, 1961.

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