Who owns the Moon? Legal question as billionaires launch into space

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  1. Alidar Jarok

    Alidar Jarok Everything in moderation but moderation Moderator

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    Re: Who owns the Moon? Legal question as billionaires launch into spa

    The moon has a treaty that distinguishes itself from other areas where Right of European Discovery* gives them a territorial claim. Because of these treaties, no state may claim the moon. But, if a private entity stakes out a share, that isn't necessarily illegal (who would enforce it anyway?).

    It's worth pointing out that Antarctica is indeed claimed by many countries with overlapping claims. Right now, there's very little reason to fight to assert their sovereignty, though.

    *It's usually called "Right of Discovery," but I decided that didn't really capture it accurately.
     
  2. clint g

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    Re: Who owns the Moon? Legal question as billionaires launch into spa


    Thinking about it, setting up a missile base on the moon would have done wonders for space exploration. Oh wells.
     
  3. JarodRussell

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    Re: Who owns the Moon? Legal question as billionaires launch into spa

    Forget all of that. Sooner or later, Russia is simply going to annex the Moon if it pleases, and nobody will do anything about it.
     
  4. BoredShipCapt'n

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    Re: Who owns the Moon? Legal question as billionaires launch into spa

    Am I the only one thinking of this?

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKIYmOSUu6U[/yt]
     
  5. rhubarbodendron

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    Re: Who owns the Moon? Legal question as billionaires launch into spa

    thanks for the clarification, GTurner and Alidar Jarok! To my shame I must admit that I didn't read the whole thread thoroughly but only skimmed over it. No proper scientific behaviour. My only excuse is that atm I am drowning in RL work (hence my long absence). Maybe it's time to learn how to swim..
     
  6. Alidar Jarok

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    Re: Who owns the Moon? Legal question as billionaires launch into spa

    To be fair, there's no real answer here. It's not a question that's been directly addressed. I tend to think, should the need arise to address it, it'll be addressed then.