26th January 2020
2020 – Chang'e 5 lunar exploration mission
Chang'e 5 is a Chinese lunar exploration mission consisting of a lander and a sample-return vehicle, the first such effort since Russia's Luna 24 in 1976.
16th January 2020
2060-2080 – The next Nankai megathrust earthquake occurs
During this period, Japan is struck by one of the biggest earthquakes of the 21st century.
6th January 2020
2020 – First orbital test flight of the SpaceX Starship
The Starship is a fully reusable transportation system intended to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit – but also potentially more distant locations, such as the Moon and Mars.
2020 – Great conjunction
A so-called "great conjunction" is a rare planetary alignment, when Jupiter and Saturn appear very close together.
2020 – Internet use reaches 5 billion worldwide
[Update of an older prediction, with latest info and a new graph]
2020 – The PlayStation 5 is launched
[Update of an existing prediction, with latest known specs and release date. It appears on track for a 2020 launch]
24th December 2019
2020 – Microsoft ends support for Windows 7
Customer service and security updates for home users of Windows 7 end on 14th January 2020, which puts many PCs around the world at risk of malware.
22nd December 2019
2022 – The AIDA mission arrives at Didymos
[Updated with latest mission details, including the Hera component, plus a video animation]
2021 – Crossrail opens in London
[Moved from 2019 to 2021, based on latest project schedule.]
21st December 2019
2029 – Expansion of London's Heathrow Airport
[Moved from 2026 to 2029, based on latest information, with new reference added]
9th December 2019
2026 – 50TB hard drives
A new technology – heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) – allows conventional hard drives to remain relevant and to reach 50 terabytes of capacity by 2026.
5th December 2019
2078 – The world's electricity has been fully decarbonised
By the late 2070s, after nearly two centuries of use, carbon-based electricity is finally becoming obsolete.
12th November 2019
2032 – Transit of Mercury
A transit of Mercury occurs on 13th November 2032.
29th October 2019
2022 – VIPER mission to the lunar south pole
VIPER is a NASA rover that explores the Moon's south pole in December 2022, looking for water resources.
5th October 2019
2029 – Increased automation of banking
By 2029, new technology has eliminated more than 10% of staff in the banking sector.
15th September 2019
2069 – Underground habitats are commonplace
By the mid-21st century, severe climate change gripped much of the world. Underground habitats are one form of refuge becoming relatively commonplace in the late 2060s.
23rd August 2019
2029 – Close approach of the near-Earth asteroid Apophis
On 13th April 2029, the asteroid Apophis passes within 31,000 km of Earth – 10 times closer than the Moon, and even closer than some man-made satellites.
18th August 2019
2048 – Bionic eyes are perfected
By the late 2040s, visual prostheses can match the quality of a real human eye.
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