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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.

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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.

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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.

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6th January 2020

2020 – Great conjunction

A so-called "great conjunction" is a rare planetary alignment, when Jupiter and Saturn appear very close together.

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6th January 2020

2020 – Internet use reaches 5 billion worldwide

[Update of an older prediction, with latest info and a new graph]

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6th January 2020

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]

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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.

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22nd December 2019

2022 – The AIDA mission arrives at Didymos

[Updated with latest mission details, including the Hera component, plus a video animation]

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22nd December 2019

2021 – Crossrail opens in London

[Moved from 2019 to 2021, based on latest project schedule.]

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21st December 2019

2029 – Expansion of London's Heathrow Airport

[Moved from 2026 to 2029, based on latest information, with new reference added]

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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.

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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.

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12th November 2019

2032 – Transit of Mercury

A transit of Mercury occurs on 13th November 2032.

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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.

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5th October 2019

2029 – Increased automation of banking

By 2029, new technology has eliminated more than 10% of staff in the banking sector.

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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.

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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.

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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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