Havana, Oct 4.- The World Space Week 2017 is held in Cuba today with several activities aimed at joining efforts to improve the use of space applications.
The central event is the 14th Workshop on Outer Space and its Peaceful Use, being held from Monday at the Planetarium in Old Havana, organized by the Institute of Geophysics and Astronomy (IGA).
During the event, which concludes today, researchers from many Cuban institutions have presented papers on issues of great interest, such as basic space sciences, astronomy, space geophysics and global positioning systems. Other issues are space meteorology, space physics and applications of space technology to medicine, remote sensing, communications, agriculture, industry, cartography, geodesy, geography, geophysics and other branches.
The occasion is also conducive to carry out children's contests to involve the minors in the issue, IGA director, Marta Rosa Rodriguez, told Prensa Latina.
On 6 December 1999, the UN General Assembly declared World Space Week between October 4-10 to celebrate each year the contributions of space science and technology to improve human condition.
These dates correspond to the launch into outer space on October 4, 1957 of the Earth's first artificial satellite, Sputnik, which opened the way for the exploration of the cosmos.
The Treaty on the Principles governing the activities of the States in the exploration and use of outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, entered into force on October 10, 1967. (Prensa Latina)