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UN/ESA Workshops on Basic Space Science

organized through the

Programme on Space Applications

of the

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs









Of the 191 countries that are Member States of the United Nations, "nearly 100 have professional or amateur astronomical organizations. Only about 60 of these countries, however, are sufficiently involved in astronomy to belong to the International Astronomical Union. Only about 20 countries, representing 15% of the world's population, have access to the full range of astronomical facilities and information. This does not include most of the Eastern European, Baltic, and former countries of the Soviet Union, whose fragile economies keep them from achieving their full potential, despite the excellence of their astronomical heritage and education."
(John R. Percy, IAU, Mercury, Vol. 24, 1995, No. 2, p.15)



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