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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:24 PM

www.dailymail.co.uk said:

Private companies should be able to buy land on The Moon or other planets for tourism, mining or even to sell property, a space policy expert has said.

Rand Simberg said that if governments started to provide property rights then entrepreneurs and billionaires might pile in and invest - and added that the 'time is ripe'.

He has proposed a law that would circumvent the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which states no individual or government can have sovereignty over any body in space.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:34 PM

O_O
Are they kidding ?

Hypothetical,lets just say the Talessian Tentacle People live on planet X,and Bill Gates decides to buy it.
Who does he pay ?
The Talessian Tentacle People,(who have a fondness for human liver paté ,with some fava beans),or some agency here on earth,who own nothing in space ?

Will there then be space wars over lands we dont own ?
I mean who is the landlord of the moon ?
Does the USA own it,Russia ?

The only thing ripe, is the brain of the moron who thought up this idea .
Space stations I get,but a planet ?

May the Talessians dine heartily on Bill Gates hepatic sweet meats.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:46 PM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 05 April 2012 - 09:34 PM, said:

O_O
Are they kidding ?

Hypothetical,lets just say the Talessian Tentacle People live on planet X,and Bill Gates decides to buy it.
Who does he pay ?
The Talessian Tentacle People,(who have a fondness for human liver paté ,with some fava beans),or some agency here on earth,who own nothing in space ?

Will there then be space wars over lands we dont own ?
I mean who is the landlord of the moon ?
Does the USA own it,Russia ?

The only thing ripe, is the brain of the moron who thought up this idea .
Space stations I get,but a planet ?

May the Talessians dine heartily on Bill Gates hepatic sweet meats.
Not only that, but what about if this planet negatively affects Earth in some way... should we be allowed to sue them for it?  This is just like that story of this one lady that claimed she bought the sun.  Should she be sued for skin cancer and solar flares that disrupt satellite activity?  The billionaire would soon be broke...


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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:49 PM

Peaceful, multi-national colonization is one thing, but sovereign ownership is quite another.


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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:50 PM

Sure why not, after all they've raped and plundered the Earth lets set them free on another planet.


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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:50 PM

I'll sell you all some moon right now! £20.00 per square meter. I own it just as much as anyone else.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:34 PM

The question is: from whom?

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:43 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 05 April 2012 - 10:34 PM, said:

The question is: from whom?

That was exactly the question I was going to ask. As no nation is legal allowed to own a celestial body I don't see how any government can regulate such a business. Who determines which company owns the right to sell planets? This is as meaningless as saying billionaires should be allowed to buy the sky.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:05 PM

I could see the relevance to say the moon or various asteroids. Even other planets and moons in our star system for various ores and other resources if for no other reason than to catapult the private sector into space and finally giving us a chance to permanently get off world.
On the other hand, it's absolutely ridiculous. As has been stated, who would one be buying these properties from in the first place? And what happens if, say, Europa does indeed have a sea full of life under its ice? Do we start importing creatures from Europa's oceans to fancy restaurants? Hmmm.... that could be interesting. I'd eat me some space fish.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:44 PM

They should have to have stepped on the terra they are purchasing before it can be sold. Honestly though. Seriously consider the cause and effect of this situation. Do we need more to argue about with other countries. Keep the treaty of non ownership rights to anything in space. Let the billionaire build a space station and own thar instead.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 12:05 AM

View Postquestionmark, on 05 April 2012 - 10:34 PM, said:

The question is: from whom?

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:43 AM

BEtter check with the Vogons First ? :innocent:

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:57 AM

If a bunch of billionaires want to club together and go mining on the moon, who , or what is to stop them?
They wouldnt have to buy the land on the moon because, as has been said, nobody owns it!   Just get up there and stake a claim :)


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:36 AM

View Postbulveye, on 05 April 2012 - 09:50 PM, said:

I'll sell you all some moon right now! £20.00 per square meter. I own it just as much as anyone else.
Now see here,I already own the moon......and I'm selling it for 750$ per square meter.

Put up you're fist a cuffs !
I shalst fight you for it !

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:41 AM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 06 April 2012 - 03:36 AM, said:

Now see here,I already own the moon......and I'm selling it for 750$ per square meter.

Put up you're fist a cuffs !
I shalst fight you for it !

I think 750$ per sq. foot is rather high for cheese.   And it is not as good as a mature English Cheddar anyway :)





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