The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) was originally established in 1958. In 2021—more than 60 years later—it will launch its first space mission. The focus of the mission is to give developing nations, many of which don't have a dedicated space program, a chance to put scientific experiments in microgravity. The mission will rely on the Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser spacecraft, a reusable, airplane-like shuttle that can land at an ordinary airport upon its return. The flight will last 14 days, and while it's meant for developing countries, any United Nations member state can apply to include its own payload.
The U.N.'s First Space Mission
Find out why it's happening.
The United Nations Office For Outer Space Affairs
Explore the achievements UNOOSA has made in its six-decade history.
A Closer Look At The Dream Chaser Spacecraft
Learn about the craft that will make this mission a reality.
Written by Curiosity Staff October 14, 2016
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