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4th July 2020

2049 – The Boeing 747 is retired from service

Once an icon of the skies, the Boeing 747 delivers its final cargo freight in the late 2040s.

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28th June 2020

2042-2045 – Tanzanite reserves are depleted

A rare and prized commodity, tanzanite became the fifth leading gemstone by sales value – ranking behind only diamond, emerald, ruby, and sapphire. By the early 2040s, mining reserves are depleted.

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24th June 2020

2038 – NASA's Trident spacecraft arrives at Neptune

Launched in 2026, Trident is a probe sent to the outer planets, which includes a flyby of Neptune in 2038 – with a focus on its largest moon, Triton.

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19th June 2020

900,000 AD – The next Yellowstone super-eruption

In the year 900,000 AD, a prediction made by geologists in the early 21st century may finally be coming true.

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7th June 2020

2170 – Underground lunar cities are widespread

Two hundred years after humans first set foot on the Moon, many large-scale developments have occurred on its surface and subsurface environment.

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9th May 2020

2110 – Personal health pods are common in homes

In the early 22nd century, many functions previously performed in clinical settings can be automated and supplied to patients at home.

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29h April 2020

2024 – Indonesia gets a new capital city

Due to serious environmental problems in Jakarta, a new capital city is established for Indonesia in 2024.

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14th April 2020

2040 – All civil domestic aviation in Norway is electric

By 2040, Norway has completed a national plan for its short-haul aviation routes, with all planes now electric.

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11th April 2020

2038 – Coal power has been phased out by Germany

By 2038, Germany has completed a phase-out of its entire coal industry.

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24th March 2020

2021 – Tokyo hosts the Olympic Games

Following their postponement in 2020 due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Olympic Games are held in Tokyo during the summer of 2021.

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10th March 2020

2083 – V Sagittae becomes the brightest star in the night sky

In 2083, a previously faint star system known as V Sagittae erupts in a spectacular burst of light, the result of a collision between a main sequence star and a white dwarf.

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8th March 2020

2030 – The entire ocean floor is mapped

By 2030, an undersea mapping project has revealed the global seabed in unprecedented detail.

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8th March 2020

2027 – The final Avatar movie is released

Following acquisition by Disney, the release schedule for the Avatar sequels was pushed back. A fifth and final movie in the franchise is released in December 2027.

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1st March 2020

2021 – First uncrewed maiden flight of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS)

The SLS is designed as the primary launch vehicle for NASA's deep space exploration plans – including crewed lunar flights of the Artemis program and a subsequent follow-on human mission to Mars.

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6th February 2020

2022 – The X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Transport is tested over U.S. cities

In 2022, NASA tests a new experimental plane designed to be only 1/1000th as loud as previous supersonic aircraft.

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1st February 2020

2021 – First flight of the New Glenn reusable rocket

New Glenn is a heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle developed by Jeff Bezos' company, Blue Origin, designed to be partially reusable in order to reduce costs. A first demonstration occurs in 2021.

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30th January 2020

2021 – China's first mission to Mars

China's first independent Mars probe is launched in July 2020 and scheduled for arrival in April 2021. The mission includes a rover with Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR), able to scan as deep as 100 m (330 ft) below the surface.

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28th January 2020

2020 – First flight of Ariane 6

Ariane 6 is a new launch vehicle operated by the European Space Agency. It replaces Ariane 5 at half the cost, and allows double the number of launches per year.

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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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