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The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 states that space is free for exploration and use by all states, but that no claims of sovereignty can be made. The declaration is contradictory. On the one hand, the Moon belongs to all mankind; on the other hand, a mining company can grab any lunar resource it can get its hands on and commodify it. In theory, mining companies could dig their way into the Moon and sell it until there's no moon left all, but according to the Treaty it would still be "sovereign territory"!
Jim Brindenstine, NASA Administrator, wants to encourage mining companies to mine the moon by saying that NASA will buy any moon rocks from prospectors to show that it can be done. Brindenstine claimed that the plan would not violate the 1967 treaty. Well no, we can't own the moon, except when we remove and sell it in increments. Laws can operate in curious ways ... .
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[quote="brian livesey" . Laws can operate in curious ways ... .
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just ask Boris :lol:
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I should have said treaties Brian, rather than laws. As we know, history has shown many times that treaties are made to be broken.
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Well, the agreement was concluded by some people, but whether the next generations will comply with it is a question. Will it be considered valid or will it be perceived as a relic of the past.
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We have to wonder Kay if the whole idea of mining on the Moon would collapse because of the sheer cost of the operation. Moon-mining doesn't make sense when Earth itself provides for all our needs.
Those who want to mine on the moon are motivated by the fact that they would have access to free resources, but the whole thing could backfire when they receive the bill for establishing themselves there.
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Establishing themselves there is a big step to making it theirs. This is the Chinese way.
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