Massive quantities of ice crystals on Mars
Wed, 29 May 2002 14:27:38 -0700
Several people participating in this thread are apparently unaware of
the following relevant documents (or have not taken the time to read
them), listed from the most recent:
The Space Millennium: Vienna Declaration on Space and Human Development
Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other
Celestial Bodies - aka 'The Moon Treaty'
In particular, note articles 4, 7, 11, and 14.
Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the
Exploration and Use of Outer Space,including the Moon and Other
Celestial Bodies - aka 'The Outer Space Treaty'
Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in
the Exploration and Use of Outer Space
In short, outer space and the celestial bodies cannot be appropriated by
any one state. The resources that exist there cannot be used for other
than the common good of mankind. If you're still interested, check out
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA):
United Nations Treaties and Principles on Space Law
"The international legal principles in these five treaties provide for
non-appropriation of outer space by any one country, arms control, the
freedom of exploration, liability for damage caused by space objects,
the safety and rescue of spacecraft and astronauts, the prevention of
harmful interference with space activities and the environment, the
notification and registration of space activities, scientific
investigation and the exploitation of natural resources in outer space
and the settlement of disputes. Each of the treaties lays great stress
on the notion that the domain of outer space, the activities carried out
therein and whatever benefits might accrue therefrom should be devoted
to enhancing the well-being of all countries and humankind, and each
includes elements elaborating the common idea of promoting international
cooperation in outer space activities."
And please, let's not get into the issue of who's going to enforce these
treatys if we decide to mine the moon or set up a military base there
- it's just not productive or reasonable.