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World Space Week: October 4-10

2 Oct 2021, 3:00 am

Did you know that during the first full week of October around the globe we celebrate World Space Week?

It was back in 1999 that the United Nations General Assembly established this holiday, which is an international celebration of science and technology and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.

“World Space Week is important to me because it invites people of all age groups from across the globe to celebrate accomplishments in space and how it benefits us here on Earth,” said Lisa Callahan, Lockheed Martin Vice President and Honorary Chair of World Space Week 2021.

There will be thousands of events that will be taking place over the course of the week that millions of people from across more than 90 countries will be attending both virtually and in person. These events are put on by schools, space agencies, museums, and aerospace companies to name a few.

Last year, the theme was “Satellites Improve Life” with more than 6,500 events spanning across almost 100 countries around the globe.  The theme for 2021 is “Women in Space” that will be highlighting and celebrating those who have contributed to the space sector over the decades and those who will contribute for years to come.

“It creates access and opportunity for everyone to find their place in the new global space ecosystem,” said Shelli Brunswick, Chief Operating Officer of the Space Foundation.

READ MORE:  Find out what World Space Week Events are happening near you!

“The Space Week is important today like never before because there has never been a time where there’s more opportunity to research in and from space,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, Ph.D., NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate.

There are many ways that you can get involved from attending local events in your communities to joining in on social media sharing stories and ways that you are celebrating World Space Week. For more information, check out the World Space Week website and tag us in your posts using the hashtags #WSW2021 and #Womeninspacewsw.

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Meredith is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist as designated by the American Meteorological Society.  She was born and raised in Cleveland but has worked from coast to coast covering almost every type of weather.  Meredith is a weather, space, and STEM journalist and has been live out in the field during destructive tropical storms on the Gulf Coast of Florida, raging wildfires in Southern Cali... Load Morefornia, and covered the wreckage from tornadoes in the Great Plains. In 2009, she reported on the damaging hail storm during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and in 2017, the historic California winter storms that produced record rain totals and devastating flash flooding.  Prior to joining WeatherNation, Meredith worked at KEYT/KKFX in Santa Barbara, CA, KOTA-TV in Rapid City, SD, WWSB-TV in Sarasota, FL, and began her career as an intern at WGN-TV in Chicago.  She was Santa Barbara's "Favorite Weathercaster of the Year" in 2016 and the Community Partner of the Year in 2017 for her volunteer work with Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties and awarded with the 2018 Valparaiso University Alumni Association First Decade Achievement Award. Meredith is the current chair of the American Meteorological Society's Station Scientist Committee, which focuses on raising greater awareness & outreach when it comes to science education for viewers.  She's also an accomplished journalist, producing weather and science stories including rocket launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the new GOES-16 satellite and it's impacts on weather forecasting.  Meredith was personally invited by NASA's Johnson Space Center to interview astronauts on the International Space Station and was the only meteorologist in the nation to do an exclusive report accompanying the GOES-West satellite from Colorado to Florida, reporting on and covering it's launch in 2018.  Meredith's also worked on features that took her paragliding along the coast, white water rafting in Northern California, learning to surf in the Pacific Ocean, and how to be an aerial photographer while flying a single engine plane! Say hi on Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIn!