The United Nations is an organization dedicated to what happens on Earth. Yet ever since the first explorations of space in the 1950's, the UN has been actively interested in what's going on beyond the "Big Blue Marble".

Not all countries have space exploration programs. In fact, most countries do not. The United Nations plays an important role in making sure that countries meet up with each other to share and trade information that people can use all over the world. The UN helps provide a way for scientists, engineers, meteorologists, astrophysicists, and mathematicians to get together with specialists in their fields from all over the globe for the good of everyone here on Earth.

The branch of the UN dedicated to spreading space knowledge and applications for the good of the entire world is called the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, also known as UNOOSA.

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