COPUOS (Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space) was established in 1958 by the United Nations. Meeting once a year in Vienna, the original 18 counties has blossomed over the years into 74. The idea behind this annual meeting was to discuss matters of space for the common interest of all people, and to maintain “peaceful use”. Technology progressed, so did COPUOS; the cold war faded – topics of discussion turned to space debris, near earth asteroids, satellite navigation, and disaster management
This year COPUOS did something that warms my heart – space weather was added to the agenda.
Anyone who knows me, or reads this blog on a regular basis; understands how strongly I stand on educating the masses in matters of space. It boggles my pondering mind why solar wind, sunspot activity, and geomagnetic disturbances are not part of the daily weather reports.
By adding space weather to the COPUOS agenda, the United Nations acknowledges the potential ass kicking our sun could deliver. I won’t hold my breath, but the possibility exists that with the UN on board I just might live to see the day when everyone knows what a CME is.