Kolkata, Oct 4 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the occasion of World Space Week beginning Friday wished all the scientists at ISRO, who have been at the forefront of the country’s space programme.
“World Space Week begins today. My best wishes to the scientists at @ISRO who have been at the forefront of the country’s space programme,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page.
To mark the 'World Space Week', the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday said it would showcase the benefits of space science to students of seven colleges in Karnataka from October 4 to 10.
"The U.R. Rao Satellite Centre has teamed up with seven colleges to tell students the benefits of our space programme to attract them to science & technology stream," the ISRO said in a statement.
The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week (WSW) will be held each year from October 4-10.
The dates were in recognition of the October 4, 1957 launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration and the October 10, 1967 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 theme of World Space Week 2019 is 'The Moon: Gateway to the Stars',
celebrating the 50th anniversary of humankind’s first step on the Moon on July 20, 1969. (UNI)