>From: "White, Ryan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Celestial property rights?
>Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 11:35:52 -0700
>I don't remember where I saw this (twas a long time ago), but I discovered
>was looking at a map of the lunar surface, which was all divvied up between
>countries/corporations? by what appeared to be property lines. I also
>remember hearing about people selling acreage on the moon. Is this
>Who owns the moon? How was that determined? Are other concentrations of
>matter/energy out there in space similarly 'claimed'? I remember reading
>discussions about mining asteroids and such. Is there a UN sanctioned rule
>somewhere, whereby institutions might go about claiming ownership of
>celestial objects? Should I anticipate hearing about the 'Microsoft
>galaxy'? Anybody out there know the rules to that game?
Not just the moon, but Mars and other celestial bodies have been claimed.
Moonshop.com will happily sell you vast amounts of lunar or Martian acreage
for small amounts of money. They claim that their claims have full legal
recognition - they filed and no one objected in the required period.
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