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Obamas to Host Students During World Space Week

50 nations will celebrate World Space Week



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    WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 02: US President Barack Obama and his wife first lady Michelle Obama walk on the south lawn after arriving back at the White House on October 2, 2009 in Washington, DC. President Obama later spoke to the media about his trip to Copenhagen to lend support to Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Olympics games which was announced today to be held in Rio de Janeiro instead. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    President and First Lady Obama will host a “Star Party” on the White House lawn this Wednesday evening for middle school students to "highlight the President's commitment to science, engineering and math education as the foundation of this nation's global technological and economic leadership," according to a White House statement.

    The event is a part of World Space Week, the largest annual space event on earth, which began Sunday and runs through October 10th.

    Students will have access to 20 telescopes to get a one-of-a kind chance to view Jupiter, the Moon and select stars.  There will also be other hands-on space-related activities, according to the White House.