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World Space Week takes over Guildford High Street

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World Space Week takes over Guildford High Street

Published at 6:00am 5th October 2019.

Guildford High Street will be taken over on Saturday (October 5) by the University of Surrey to celebrate World Space Week for the first time.

The event is held world-wide from October 4-10 since its declaration by the UN General Assembly in 1999, to highlight the contribution of science and technology to society.

It commemorates two events:

  • The launch of the first human-made Earth satellite on October 4, 1957.
  • The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space on October 10, 1967.

The University of Surrey and Institute of Physics have partnered with more than 20 organisations to celebrate World Space Week Guildford on the High Street, with a range of interactive space-themed stalls, physics busking, music performances, story-telling, Cark Sagan’s fake news workshop, a school art competition, solar and stargazing, a themed pub night, and a satellite space station.

The daytime events will include demonstrations from Surrey Space Centre, Winchester Science Centre, Institute of Physics, Surrey University Orchestra, and the National Physical Laboratory.

The evening activities will be topped off by a free public lecture at Guildford Odeon -  the Hunt for Dark Matter by Professor Justin Read - followed by stargazing on Debenhams Bridge. 

All day time activities are free to attend and aimed at a wide range of age groups.

Dr Heather Campbell, SEPnet/Ogden Public Engagement and Outreach Manager at the University said she hoped it would bring awareness of "how fun and accessible space can be." 

World Space Week Guildford is supported by Guildford Borough Council, Experience Guildford, Pubwatch, Tunsgate Quarter, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford Library, Holy Trinity Church and UK Space Agency.

World Space Week Guildford is part of a suite of public activities this year from the University of Surrey celebrating Space and the 50th anniversary of the lunar landings, including the Quantum Garden Guildford in Bloom 2019 entry; Michael Foale Astronaut on Campus event and coming up in November, a revival of Brian Eno’s Apollo Album on campus.

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