Re: SPACE: rumors

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Fri Jun 23 2000 - 00:17:49 MDT

Spike Jones wrote:
> Question legal types: if we extropians were the first to land and
> stay on Mars, could we legally claim the whole rock? spike

You could try, but the Outer Space treaty prohibits extraterrestrial
claims, and signatory nations would not recognize such claims. Bottom
line is, you'd have to be ready to survive an embargo. Conversely, it's
a great big commons that you're free to rape- materials extracted would
be yours, ya just can't claim real estate. When the time comes, this
treaty could be renegotiated or abrogated, of course.

Doug Jones
Rocket Plumber, XCOR Aerospace

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