The event was started in 2000 by the United Nations, and this year’s theme (“Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth”) is a testament to the remarkable progress that has been made in space exploration and technology over the last decade.
According to the World Space Week website:
World Space Week 2013 is all about what many consider the Next Frontier: the planet Mars…Mars gives us an opportunity to define from scratch what world we want to live in. How can limited resources on a planet be used to build a new civilization, without depleting these resources?
An MIT scientist has succeeded in creating mini-cubes that have no external parts yet are able to move and assemble themselves into larger shapes. Possible applications include repairing damaged buildings and exploring dangerous terrain.