Could this be the start of a space federation? UN to launch its first mission into low-Earth orbit
The International Space Station has been a beacon of what can be achieved when countries work together to venture out into our solar system.
But now the United Nations is planning to enter the space race itself after signing a deal to launch a space plane into low Earth orbit in 2021.
It is hoping to give those countries too poor to afford their own space programme the chance to send payloads into orbit around the Earth.
The UN's Office of Outer Space Affairs has signed a deal with private space firm Sierra Nevada to have the sole use of one of its Dream Chaser space planes.
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