Wednesday, November 12, 2008
According to the website of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) will travel into space on 14 November to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the most significant human rights document on earth. The UDHR will remain in permanent orbit around the Earth in the International Space Station for years to come. “In recognition of the fact that human beings are at times downtrodden, the Declaration can symbolically find its place 'above' all the peoples of the world," said European Space Agency astronaut Léopold Eyharts, who stayed at the International Space Station for two months earlier this year. Two plaques with the special UDHR 60th anniversary logo and the inscription of the 30 articles of the UDHR, in both English and French, will be on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour when it is launched on 14 November from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, according to the ESA. The Declaration will then be stored on a permanent basis inside ESA's Columbus multidisciplinary space laboratory in the European module of the International Space Station. In 2007, the United Nations launched a year-long commemoration that leads on 10 December 2008 to the 60th anniversary of the UDHR. The anniversary theme is: Dignity and Justice for All of Us.