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The First Friday of May
  • 5th May, 2017
  • 6th May, 2016
  • 1st May, 2015

What is there that’s more interesting than space? Never ending, always expanding, full of stars and suns and planets and untold mysteries – as long as we live, we won’t know all the secrets that this great vacuum holds. But that doesn’t stop us trying to learn absolutely everything we can about it!

On the first Friday of each May, space boffins and science fans alike celebrate space with a dedicated day of observance to everything in the great beyond. Because there’s so much out there in space, you can be sure that there’s always going to be enough to celebrate on this day as every year comes!

The History of International Space Day

International Space Day started out as plain and simple Space Day in 1997. The day was created to observe the many wonders of the unknown space that our planet floats in, and encourage children to have more of an interest in the scientific field. In 2001, Senator John Glenn, himself a former astronaut, changed the day to International Space Day to widen its scope of celebration across the world.

Many scientific organizations celebrate this day with demonstrations, gatherings, and educational programs. You can be sure that your local science museum or observatory is doing something or other on this day, and it’s a great chance for you or your kids to learn about the wonders of the galaxy.

How to Celebrate International Space Day

Ever wondered what lies beyond our skies? Today is the day to find out! Go to your local library and take a look at some of the books about space there, learn about your favorite planets, or even space travel itself.

Snuggle up on the sofa and watch some space documentaries, or listen to a podcast about whatever extraterrestrial subject really interests you. Take the time to go to a science museum and get to grips with the makeup of each planet in our solar system, or read up on the work of astronauts throughout the decades.

Or if you’re strapped for time, take a look at NASA’s website or social channels and see what they have been up to – there’s sure to be something that piques your interest. 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. If you learn just one thing today, make it something about space!

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