World Space Week “Satellites Improve Life”: First SpaceUp Unconference in Social VR!

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Join us in earth orbit for the first-ever SpaceUp Unconference in social virtual reality... during World Space Week! Incredibly appropriately, this year's theme is “Satellites Improve Life”! On August 4th we held the social VR event "Help Design A Tiny Satellite. (No, really! An actual, physical, working, orbiting satellite!)", a resounding success in drumming up interest in using social VR as a platform from which to design and launch an actual tiny satellite. Please come to this SpaceUP Unconference to hear about how YOU can become involved. That said, bring your particular space passion to our mix, whether it's colonizing Mars, communicating with extraterrestrial civilizations, or someday spending a night in an orbiting space hotel (um, what exactly is a "night" in an orbiting space hotel...?) From the World Space Week website: World Space Week is a UN-declared celebration of space held annually, every October 4 to 10. It is the largest space event on Earth, with over 8,000 events reported in 2019 and held in 96 countries. These events are organized by thousands of organizations, including space agencies, aerospace companies, astronomy clubs and museums. Every year, World Space Week Association selects a theme as guidance for celebration. Our 2020 World Space Week is dedicated to satellites and their broad benefits under the theme “Satellites improve life.” With this theme, the World Space Week will show the importance of satellites in daily life and how our lives are affected by satellites such as in communications, environmental monitoring, transportation, weather forecasting, telemedicine, science, and in many other ways. Indeed, satellites are more important and accessible than ever. Miniaturization and lower launch costs have made satellites available to schools. Companies are developing constellations of small satellites to make the Internet available to everyone in the world. Satellites are so ubiquitous in our lives that we often take them for granted. Imagine the world without GPS navigation, enabled of course by satellites. By synchronizing public outreach into this week, our industry’s messages reinforce to reach a global audience. We thus ask the satellite industry to participate in World Space Week, October 4-10, 2020 to showcase the broad benefits of satellites to society and the companies and people who are key to this industry. Ways to participate that week: • Hold an educational public event (can be virtual) • Encourage teachers to focus on satellites (and encourage employees to speak to schools) • Write articles for your blog and social media about the benefits of satellites and your company’s contributions to the global satellite industry • Whatever you do, add it to the World Space Week calendar at www.worldspaceweek.org.

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