World Space Week is an UN-declared celebration of space held annually, every October 4th to 10th. These dates commemorate two events: October 4th, 1957 was the launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration. October 10th, 1967 was the signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies. The mission of World Space Week Association (WSWA) is to strengthen the link between space and society through public education, participation, and dialogue on the future of space activity using World Space Week as a focus.
This week's Junior assembly was led by our Year 1 teacher Miss Rostron, who began her presentation with some of the beginning key points in Space exploration, such as Sputnik, Neil Armstrong's 1969 moon landing. But then she asked pupils how many women they thought might have ventured into space and our pupils were quite shocked to find out the answer. As of March 2021, only 65 women have flown into space, this number is only around 10% of all the people who have been to space. As this year’s World Space Week celebrates ‘Women in Space’ Miss Rostron’s assembly focused on the great women, who not only have travelled into space, but those whose scientific research and engineering has had huge impacts on humans voyage into the unknown.
On the 12th April 1961, the first human was launched into space, Yuri Gagarin, a 27 year old man from Russia, spent 1 hour and 48 minutes orbiting the Earth in spacecraft Vostok 1. It was only two years later when the first woman followed suit. On the 16th June 1963, 26 year old Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to go to space.