Re: SPACE: Lunar Billboard?

Michael Lorrey (
Sat, 28 Dec 1996 13:25:35 -0500

Natasha V. More(f/k/a/Nancie Clark) wrote:
> At 12:48 PM 12/27/96 -0800, Kennita Watson wrote:
> >Go play your games with the moon over a manmade planet.
> Ha!
> Or, at least, design the billboards so that those who want to see it can put
> on some sort of enhanced reality perception ("EP," Sasha Chislenko's idea);
> and those who don't want to see it don't have to.
Well, using Heinleins example, whoever got there first would obviously
control the resource. What those people did with the resource could be
put up to an auction type vote: whoever pays the most decides what to do
with it. If people truly don't want the moon winking corporate logos at
them, they will have to pay the entrepreneurs sufficiently to keep them
from using it for such a purpose.

THis brings up an interesting question of jurisdiction. As national
jurisdictions were determined originally to extend 3 miles from shore,
as that was the furthest that a ground based cannon could shoot at that
time, and was later extended to 12 miles for similar reasons, and since
nobody currently has the ability to conduct an artillery barrage on a
lunar target, the UN Moon and Space treaties are basically
unenforceable. WHile you could argue that they would be enforcable on
anyone returning from the moon to an earth jurisdiction, this leads to
questions of extraterritorial enforcement that are currently being
debated in the world court with respect to US laws designed to go after
terrorists in overseas locations.

Additionally, since water and other cryogenically stored materials are
now being discovered at the lunar south pole, any lunar settlement would
have plenty of light elements available to last until a comet could be
diverted for a more lasting supply. Also, with the construction of
linear induction accelerators for putting lunar resources into orbit,
nobody on earth would be in a strategic position to tell anyone on the
moon what to do, as such devices would be the ultimate in artillery
weaponry in a position of tactical superiority over the entire earth.


Michael Lorrey --------------------------------------------------------- President Northstar Technologies Agent Inventor of the Lorrey Drive --------------------------------------------------------- Inventor, Webmaster, Ski Guide, Entrepreneur, Artist, Outdoorsman, Libertarian, Certified Genius.