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Would you buy land on another planet ?

Posted on Friday, 6 April, 2012 | Comment icon 96 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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In the future we could see businesses and governments laying claim to plots of land on other worlds.

Right now the 1967 Outer Space Treaty prohibits any one nation claiming sovereignty over anywhere beyond the Earth, but as technology advances and colonization of other worlds becomes a possibility how long can this restriction remain in effect ? Space policy consultant Rand Simberg believes that in the future we will see governments making plots of land available on other planets that can be purchased and used for private development.

"Parceling out plots of land on celestial bodies might encourage people to invest in these properties, and this would benefit Earth economically, according to Simberg."

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Comment icon #87 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 5 June, 2012, 22:59
The Outer Space Treaty WAS ratified by the USA, on 10[sup]th[/sup] October 1967. As for singling out the USA for the non-ratification of the Moon Treaty that seems to show a bias, given that only 13 states have ratified it and none of them are space faring nations. The nation's which have ratified the treaty are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, and Uruguay.
Comment icon #88 Posted by DONTEATUS on 5 June, 2012, 23:33
God dosnt sell the planets ! First thing one must understand is that Planets are made by Slaughtybartfast and cost tons of bucks ! Magrathea is where one must go to put in an order to get one also ! Now that ,thats well & Good Lets all go to Milliyways for a Dinner and concert !
Comment icon #89 Posted by MID on 6 June, 2012, 0:27
In case YOU missed the point here, I was responding to someone who mentioned the relation between owning a planet and that fad about having a star named after you. Both kind of silly, and both impossible. [u] . The treaty is called:[/u] TreatyOn Principals Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, and is all-inclusive. The so-called "Moon Treaty" is a dead issue, and has been since its inception in 1979, since it was already covered by the 1967 treaty (which again, was ratified by the U.S.), and was thus re... [More]
Comment icon #90 Posted by MID on 6 June, 2012, 0:47
National Possession and sovereighnty aren't permitted in space. Homesteading and other simple uses of land are personal property matters. Different things, different laws, and none established at this time (and who's going to homestead on the Moon or an asteroid (Infrastructure, life support, hosing, medical care, food...)? And the presence of life, sentient or otherwise, simply means that no one has any right to interfere with it if it's there. If it's not, we still have no right to claim possession of anything on a heavenly body. Well, we've discovered water... [More]
Comment icon #91 Posted by DONTEATUS on 8 June, 2012, 2:32
Billionaires Smaggillionaires ! We dont need no stinkin Quadzillionaires tell us what to do ! THe Moon Is for all to explore, mine, develop as Long as we all do it in Peace ! Same goes for every where we will plan to go ! Im all for an open and Free Space development !
Comment icon #92 Posted by Zalanox on 12 June, 2012, 19:58
It's just like those stars you can buy. You get a fancy little certificate you can frame and hang on your wall. They won't literally own the planet.
Comment icon #93 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 12 June, 2012, 20:53
Yes they would literally own it, that is the entire point of this discussion. From the original post: Those certificates you speak of are not people buying stars, they are paying to name them (it's a total waste of money incidentally, celestial bodies are officially named by the International Astronomical Union, and they don't sell star names. Those fancy little certificates aren't worth the paper they are written on).
Comment icon #94 Posted by Zalanox on 12 June, 2012, 22:42
You cannot own something nobody has access to. When the billionaires can get these places colonized or secured in some way then I'll acknowledge their ownership. But until then it's a giant, arrogant game.
Comment icon #95 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 12 June, 2012, 23:41
You again seem to be rather missing the point. No billionaire is claiming to own a planet. There is no one playing the arrogant game you are imagining. It is a suggestion from a so-called policy expert. Your last point about colonisation is altogether the wrong way around. If it was possible to own a planet it would make sense to buy it before it is colonised. Buying it afterwards would be like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.

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