Can Anyone Own The Moon?

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 - 4:53PM
Moon
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 - 4:53PM
Can Anyone Own The Moon?

You know all of those websites that try to flog you an acre of the moon? Yeah, that's a bunch of baloney. Thanks to this typically insightful V-Sauce episode, we discover that no sovereign entity can ever claim ownership over anything in space...and that includes the moon. However, if you did happen to receive an acre of prime moon real-estate for your last birthday, don't despair, there may well be a loophole. 

 

The Outer Space Treaty only refers to sovereign ownership, it mentions nothing about an individual or a corporation. So that's it? I can just fly to the moon, stick a flag in it and claim it as mine? Not quite...If you did want to claim something in outer space, that's all well and good, but there's nothing stopping someone else with a bigger gun from coming along and taking it away from you.

 

In short, space is currently something of a wild west frontier. There aren't really any overriding laws that have created a solution for the future of extraterrestrial real estate like the moon, or large asteroids. So if you think you've got the grapes to lay claim to something in space, you better be ready to back that claim up.

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