National Space Day: Holiday History & How To Celebrate

National Space Day: Holiday History & How To Celebrate

May 06, 2021Bridey Keating

National Space Day is celebrated on the first Friday in May. It was created to inspire the quest for knowledge and progress in space exploration. While we'd love to celebrate today in outer space, we'll transport our taste buds by celebrating with eating some Astronaut Ice Cream here on Earth. 

History of National Space Day 

We think it's fair to say that the history of National Space Day starts with the Big Bang -- when intense pressure and temperature exploded the universe and everything in it into existence.  

Since then, humankind has been fascinated with space and its state of feeling so close yet so far. Early cultures justified things in the sky as being gods or spirits. But it was the ancient Greeks who developed the study of planets and stars into similar astronomy that we know today. Early figures such as Copernicus and Galileo Galilei helped solidify the ancient Greeks' wisdom, in addition to making their own strides towards understanding the complexities of the universe. 

We've been to the moon, flown a helicopter from Earth on Mars, discovered multiple solar systems, have taken incredible images of Super Massive Black Holes, and are now planning to send humans to lives on Mars. When it comes to space exploration, we've discovered a lot. But, we're merely at the tip of the iceberg for understanding what exists outside our planet -- which is humbling and exciting! 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSpaceDay 

From learning more about space, to doing some fun space-themed activities, there are plenty of stellar ways to celebrate National Space Day! No matter how you celebrate, be sure to include your favorite Astronaut Ice Cream!