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Latest United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Stories

400-Plus Foot Asteroid Could Hit Earth In 2040
2012-02-29 05:03:41

NASA officials have identified a large asteroid that is currently on course to hit Earth in approximately three decades time, leading experts to begin discussing possible ways to change its course, various media outlets reported on Tuesday. The asteroid is 460 feet wide and could hit our planet on February 5, 2040, Rob Waugh of the Daily Mail wrote on Tuesday. Scientists believe there is a one in 625 chance that it will hit Earth. According to UPI reports, scientists at the 49th meeting...

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2011-01-10 09:35:00

The United Nations (UN) should prepare a course of action, just in case the Earth should ever be contacted by extraterrestrials, scientists say in a new, extraterrestrial focused edition of the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. The special issue, according to Guardian Science Correspondent Alok Jha, focuses on "all aspects of the search for extraterrestrial life, from astronomy and biology to the political and religious fallout that would result from alien contact."...

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2010-09-27 13:30:00

New agencies were abuzz Monday morning with reports that the head of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) had been elected to be the first point of contact for alien lifeforms. Different reports said that astrophysicist Mazlan Othman feels Earth needs a proper welcome mat for when extraterrestrials meet human life forms. The Australian reported that she recently told fellow scientists:  "The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains...

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2009-07-14 13:25:18

An often-overshadowed branch of the United Nations known as the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) mostly has earthly concerns on its agenda, AFP reported. The tiny UN office and its 27 employees sit almost forgotten in the vast hallways of the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, where it mostly coordinates help for poor countries to develop crops and manage natural disasters. "If we do make contact with aliens, who do you think should be representing mankind?" jokes UNOOSA director...