Singapore set to join UN committee on peaceful uses of outer space

US astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch on the first all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Oct 18. The UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which Singapore is set to join, was set up in 1959 to govern the
US astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch on the first all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Oct 18. The UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which Singapore is set to join, was set up in 1959 to govern the exploration and use of space "for the benefit of all humanity: for peace, security and development". PHOTO: REUTERS

Who cleans up the junk in outer space? What kinds of law apply in exploring the great unknown? And is there a need for space traffic management?

These are just some of the issues Singapore can add its voice to once its application to join the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (Copuos) is approved. The committee was set up in 1959 to govern the exploration and use of space "for the benefit of all humanity: for peace, security and development".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2019, with the headline 'S'pore set to join UN committee on peaceful uses of outer space'. Print Edition | Subscribe