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NASA CoLab Luna Philosophie: Who Owns The Moon?

By SpaceRef Editor
August 6, 2008
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NASA CoLab Luna Philosophie: Who Owns The Moon?

The eleventh Luna Philosophie will feature Steve Durst from the Board of Directors of the International Lunar Observatory Association and Dr. William Marshal of NASA Ames. The two will share various views on Space Property Rights from industry, United Nations, and the US Government.


With a boom of countries and commercial entities looking to go to the moon, who can claim land on it? There are websites one can go to and purchase land on the moon, but if someone lands their spacecraft here, do they owe rent? Come hear the various points of view including the several UN resolutions on the topic, why they might not be binding, and suggest a new plan to move forward.

Some topics to discuss include:

– Can someone own land on the moon?

– Do non-government groups have to respect the resolutions of the United Nations on this topic?

– Can one sell the resources gathered from the moon in a mining operation?

*WHEN:* Tuesday, August 5, 2008 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
6:00 – 6:30 PM Socializing
6:30 – 7:00 PM Presentation by Steve Durst and William Marshal
7:00 – 7:30 PM Discussion
7:30 – 8:00 PM Socializing

*WHERE:* Yahoo! Brickhouse, 500 3rd St, in San Francisco ([])

WHO: All are welcome!

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