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World Space Week 2013: “Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth”

World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10.

Aouda.X Mars spacesuit together with  Polish MAGMA White rover during sunset.  (c) OeWF (Katja Zanella-Kux)

Aouda.X Mars spacesuit together with Polish MAGMA White rover during sunset.
(c) OeWF (Katja Zanella-Kux)

World Space Week 2013 is all about what many consider the next frontier: the planet Mars. This week, more than twenty organisations spread across four continents will be exploring Mars – and discovering more about Earth in the process. A campaign of networked Mars analogue simulations is being launched to celebrate World Space Week (WSW) 2013. Humanity is quickly conquering this new frontier. Mars Curiosity is the largest rover ever taken to another planet, discovering new features of the ‘Red Planet’ every day. In 2018, the first people will get a chance to see the planet from up close through Dennis Tito’s Inspiration Mars fly-by mission, while several organisations are planning the first manned landing mission, some time in the next two decades.

Enough reasons therefore, to take a closer look at Mars exploration. World Space Week will explore what we know learning about Mars, but also what we are learning about ourselves! Mars gives us an opportunity to define from scratch what world we want to live in. How can limited resources on a planet be used to build a new civilization, without depleting these resources? How can we create an environment that supports human life, without destroying critical elements needed to sustain other planetary processes? Learnings that we can apply to other planets, but also to our current planet!

Landing on Mars during AustroMars 2006.  (c) OeWF (Andreas Koehler)

Landing on Mars during AustroMars 2006.
(c) OeWF (Andreas Koehler)

World Space Week hopes this theme will inspire  event organizers to reach out to schools, universities, astronomy clubs, community centres, space industry events and wherever we can celebrate space. Please contact your national coordinator to find out how easy it is to create your own event. Please help us tell the world about “Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth”!

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About James Cosgrove (27 Articles)
22 • Welsh • BSc Geography & Geology • MSc Applied Meteorology graduate - University of Reading

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