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National Space Day is held to remind everyone of great achievements, exploration, opportunities and discoveries in space. Also, the holiday is aimed at arousing interest of younger generation in building a career in scientific industry.


Initially, Space Day was established as a small event. The first festival was in 1997. Space Day has gained great popularity. It was inappropriate leaving it as a small event. In 2001, Senator and ex-astronaut John Glen announced the National Space Day establishment, which is celebrated to this day.

It’s important to note that Space requires different specialists. Builders, engineers, programmers, technologists, mathematicians – all these specialists are needed for space and space programs development. The purpose of National Space Day is promotion all such professions and conveying the importance of space to younger generation.

Interesting Facts

Holiday is held on a large scale by teachers and employees of space organizations. But anyone can join the celebration. What can you do this day?

  • Watch a documentary about spaceships or famous astronauts.
  • Design a rocket model.
  • Visit a museum or thematic exhibition.
  • Take part in a themed quest.

When is National Space Day celebrated in 2022?

National Space Day is observed on the first Friday in May each year.