Hopes alive to put first “developing country” astronaut in space

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Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) speaking at UNIS Vienna. File Photo: UNIS Vienna

Putting the first developing country astronaut into space could become a reality in the next few years according to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

The office, which focuses on the peaceful uses of outer space, has signed an agreement with the Chinese space agency to allow the possibility of a man or woman from a developing country to be selected to work on its Tiangong Space Station.

The low-orbit station is expected to be launched sometime after 2020.

Daniel Dickinson has been speaking to UNOOSA Director, Simonetta Di Pippo.

He began by asking her to describe the type of activities the agency is engaged in.

Duration: 4'09"

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