With the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon kicked off this summer, it’s a good time to celebrate World Space Week, being marked by the Israel Space Agency on October 4-11, with a week of free events, lectures and activities around the country.
Events are being held in many locations, including lectures about human survival in space taking place in Tel Aviv, Beersheba and Ofakim; talks about massive red spots in space taking place in Katzrin; and a traveling D-MARS center, where visitors can learn about the plans for life on Mars, which can be found in Beersheba on October 4, Tel Aviv on October 10 and Haifa on October 11.
There’s stargazing — and moon gazing — as well. Try a stargazing night at Kibbutz Beeri near the Gaza Strip on October 6, or hear stories about the moon in Pardes Hanna and Haifa.
Try a 3D screening with SpaceIL to virtually experience life in space, which will be available in Beersheba, Jerusalem, Ashkelon, Tel Aviv and Haifa.
Hear an astronomer with a special telescope tell stories about astronomy in history, in the Galilee, center and south.
There’s also yoga in space in Tel Aviv, and a space escape room about the experiences of Soviet astronaut Uri Gagarin, the first man in space in 1961, that will be traveling to Jerusalem, Beersheba and Ofakim. There’s also a digital planetarium in Beersheba and Haifa, with a 360-degree screen.
Many of the events are for people 18 years and older. The events (and listings) for World Space Week on the space agency’s website are in Hebrew only, but some of these events, like space yoga or moon gazing, don’t require much in the way of translation. Happy travels.