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TOPIC OF THE WEEK: LAND OWNERSHIP ON THE MOON?

Technically, under space law, you can’t own land on the Moon.

But that hasn’t stopped some of the efforts to change that.

inline image A Futurama take on a space homestead. ;)

In the past, most of the efforts were just silly but more recently some folks have put forward plans that're actually serious.

Right now, space law is minimal enough that it could become an open question. It’s a new frontier that’s nearly lawless, and yet companies are getting there within three years.

What do you think? Should people be able to own land on the Moon, even just temporarily?

What, if anything, should be done about space law and governance right now?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

COMMUNITY COMMENTS:

Dennis M J M.

Tuesday Oct-23-2012

http://www.lunarlandowner.com/ you'll like this ;p

Demarcus B.

Wednesday Oct-24-2012

This reminds me of the past when America was a new and dangerous frontier. I dont want to sound imperialistic but I feel the most influential countries in space (US & Russia) should be able to make a claim to portions of the moon when they arrive and develop land there.

William K.

Thursday Oct-25-2012

I have to agree with Demarcus. As far as we know, there are no natives on the Moon. Therefore, claiming land on the moon would be very similar to claiming an uncharted island that has no natives. The only problem with claiming land on the Moon, in my mind, however, is that a war could ensure over land owned and who owns which portion. I would love to see countries laying claim to portions of the moon and colonies beginning to be created. However, I do not see any of this happening in the next few years.

William K.

Thursday Oct-25-2012

I have to agree with Demarcus. As far as we know, there are no natives on the Moon. Therefore, claiming land on the moon would be very similar to claiming an uncharted island that has no natives. The only problem with claiming land on the Moon, in my mind, however, is that a war could ensure over land owned and who owns which portion. I would love to see countries laying claim to portions of the moon and colonies beginning to be created. However, I do not see any of this happening in the next few years.

William K.

Friday Oct-26-2012

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/07/090717-who-owns-moon-real-estate.html

Thought this was interesting.

Demarcus B.

Monday Oct-29-2012

Nice link William.

I find it strange that the Lunar Embassy Corporation sold real estate on the moon and other planets to about 3.7 million people so far! The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 forbids these sales. I guess when you show people enough legal documentation and give them hope of riches they will invest regardless of laws.

William K.

Monday Oct-29-2012

People will believe anything as long as you have something to back it up. But, it would be pretty nice to own land on the moon or another body in space!!

Dennis M J M.

Wednesday Oct-31-2012

aye, I know what I want for christmas.

*imagines a field of cows with space helmets on ... giggles.


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