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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:29AM   Printer-friendly
from the this-way-to-general-assembly-boarding-area dept.

http://spacenews.com/united-nations-to-fly-first-space-mission-on-dream-chaser/

The United Nations plans to purchase a dedicated mission on a Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft in 2021 to give developing nations an opportunity to fly experiments in space. At a press conference during the International Astronautical Congress here Sept. 27, the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) said the agreement to fly the dedicated Dream Chaser mission is part of a broader effort by the office to increase access to space to emerging nations.

"Our project is the first-ever United Nations space mission," said Simonetta Di Pippo, director of UNOOSA. "The mission has one very important goal: to allow United Nations member states to conduct research that cannot be done on Earth." The mission, she said, will be open to all nations, but with a particular emphasis on those nations that don't have the capabilities to fly their own experiments in space. UNOOSA will soon start the process of soliciting payload proposals, with a goal of selecting payloads by early 2018 so that the winning countries have time to build them for a 2021 launch.

Neither SNC nor UNOOSA disclosed the cost of the mission. Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC's Space Systems division, said that the mission will be financed in several ways, with the countries selected to fly experiments paying at least some of the cost of the flight.

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday October 01 2016, @08:53AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 01 2016, @08:53AM (#408689) Homepage Journal

    At the moment? Zero. There's no grass to be grazed. Not even any shrubs or bushes. No trees. Nada.

    If you were to plant some fast growing grasses, you might get a zebu to graze for awhile. Until someone kills it and eats it, anyway.

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  • (Score: 2) by t-3 on Saturday October 01 2016, @04:02PM

    by t-3 (4907) on Saturday October 01 2016, @04:02PM (#408811) Journal

    Wow, can you imagine slaughtering an animal in zero gravity?? It would be like spartacus in space.

    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:17PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:17PM (#408830) Homepage Journal

      I think maybe you put him in a Ziploc BEFORE you start? Hmmmm - zebu space suits? Maybe I should start manufacturing, to beat the rush.

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