National Space Day is observed annually on the first Friday in May. The day is dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration and use of space. The goal of National Space Day is to promote math, science, technology and engineering education for young people to inspire them to pursue a career in science, especially a career in space-related jobs.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Teachers, students, space-related organizations, groups and agencies hold celebrations, demonstrations and educational programs each year on National Space Day. National Space Day has grown so fast in recent years that the day is celebrated worldwide as International Space Day. Share your favorite space pictures using #NationalSpaceDay.
National Space Day was created in 1997 by the Lockheed Martin Corporation as a one-day event. In 2001, due to its extreme popularity, former astronaut and Senator John Glenn expanded Space Day to International Space Day.