October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union started the space age with the launch of the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1. The event is commemorated world wide. The week from October 4 to October 10 every year is celebrated as World Space Week, declared by the United Nations.
On October 4, 2004, a private company in the United States, Scaled Composites became the first private company to reach sub-orbital space with two human beings on board. This was as part of a competition called the Ansari X Prize. The competition heralded the NewSpace era with private US companies taking part in space exploration and development.
Planetary Society, India would like to use the World Space Week 2009 theme: "Space in Education" and would like to encourage students and teachers from across India to participate and celebrate in World Space Week.