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UNISPACE+50 Conference

Special Coverage of UNISPACE+50
Vienna, Austria | 18-23 June 2018

UN News special coverage of UNISPACE+50, which celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

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UN-backed programme helps Kenya become a space nation

In May, Kenya became a space nation with the launch of its first, very own, cube satellite, designated “1KUNS-PF” – which stands for “First Kenyan University Nano Satellite-Precursor Flight”.

UN News’ Vibhu Mishra spoke with John Njoroge Kimani, the Lead Scientist and Coordinator at the Kenya Space Agency about its new satellite, and what it means for the country.

Crew of the International Space Station join UNISPACE+50, via video link, from 400 kilometers above the Earth's surface.
UN News/Vibhu Mishra

From low-earth orbit, ‘envoys’ of humanity join UN space forum

Floating in near zero-gravity, 400 kilometres above the Pacific Ocean and flying at over 28,000 kilometres per hour, the six crew members onboard the International Space Station (ISS) joined the key United Nations forum on outer space affairs via video link on Wednesday, to discuss the importance of working together.