Factfile - Space

December 21, 2000

  • The global satellite communications market is expected to be worth more than £140 billion per year by 2010. The global satellite navigation market is expected to exceed £50 billion by 2005. - British National Space Centre
  • Two satellites were launched in 1957, 151 in 1985 and 140 in 1998. - Vital Signs , 1999-2000
  • Every planet in the solar system, except Pluto, has been visited by spacecraft. Nasa's plans for the Pluto-Kuiper mission are stalled, but the visit may occur by about 2020. - Nasa
  • Odds on a UFO landing on the White House lawn within a year - 10,000-1. - Bookmaker William Hill

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