Skip to comments.Who Owns the Moon? The Galactic Government vs. the UN
Posted on 07/18/2009 6:58:40 PM PDT by JoeProBono
On July 20, 1969, astronauts stepped onto the moon and planted an American flag—not to claim the moon but simply to commemorate the U.S. role in the first moon landing.
Forty years later a Nevada entrepreneur says he owns the moon and that he's interim president of the first known galactic government.Dennis Hope, head of the Lunar Embassy Corporation, has sold real estate on the moon and other planets to about 3.7 million people so far.As his customer base grew, he said, buyers wanted assurances that their property rights would be protected.
So Hope started his own government in 2004, which has a ratified constitution, a congress, a unit of currency—even a patent office.
"We're now a fully realized sovereign nation," Hope said.
The trouble is that, legally, nobody can own the moon or anything else in space, for that matter, said Tanja Masson-Zwaan, deputy director of the International Institute of Space Law based in the Netherlands.
"What Lunar Embassy is doing does not give people buying pieces of paper the right to ownership of the moon," she said.
The controversy began in 1980, when Hope registered his claim to the moon with the United Nations. The claim went unanswered, so he figured his rights were secured.
To date his company has sold more than 2,500,000 1-acre (0.4-hectare) plots of lunar land, which Hope says are rich in an isotope of helium that has an earthly price tag of about U.S. $125,000 an ounce.
Today a deed for a plot, printed with the buyer's name, is selling online for $22.49, plus tax.
Legal experts counter that the UN didn't answer because it didn't have to: The moon is unclaimable under the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which was ratified by 98 UN member countries, including the United States.
Hope, however, said there's a loophole.
The treaty prohibits countries from claiming property in space, but "I filed my claim of ownership as an individual."
The fact that he's now claiming his Galactic Government has legal authority over the moon might seem problematic. But Hope said that the fledgling regime isn't a member of the UN and so doesn't have to abide by its laws......
God owns all.
Whoever can get up there and plant their flag on it.
Oh wait — that's us!
Isn’t possession 9/10 of the law?
If there is some guy up there shakin’ his fist yelling “its mine!”, then I’d say it probably is.
Unless of course, we go chase him off.
Then its ours.
The Galactic Senate will surly veto this measure.
The Man Who Sold the Moon follows the machinations of Delos D. Harriman, "the first of the new robber barons," who is determined to reach and control the Moon. The story centers on Harriman's wheelings and dealings to accomplish his dream. "I," he tells his business partner, "would cheat, lie, steal, beg, bribe do anything to accomplish what we have accomplished". Harriman's determination is rooted in his childhood desire to travel to the moon himself, but the responsibilities of running his financial empire may make this dream impossible.
PT Barnum said there is one born every minute. It looks like since he said that there has been 3.7 million of them born. You think maybe they are Democrats?
10 FR points to anyone who knows who D.D. Harriman is and what he did.
He sold the moon and privatized space
Post # 8 beat me to it. But you are correct.
Unless, of course, Ubama forecloses.
Do I get my FReeper points?
Whoever has the most republic starships wins.
Five years at Harriman Hall and the young FReeper thinks he knows everything.
The Lunar Loophole has squatted on The Island of Manhattan for many years TAX FREE.
The guy could flat-out write.
Yea it's mind, I own it.
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