Some of the strangest legal cases ever recorded have been on the topic of planet ownership.
It seems like a no-brainer that making claim to other worlds wouldn't be acceptable in a court of law yet over the years several people have attempted to do exactly that. Earlier this year in Quebec, Sylvio Langvein walked in to a courthouse and declared himself the owner of all the planets in the solar system and four of Jupiter's moons. Judge Alain Michaud dismissed the case outright, calling Langvein a "quarrelsome litigant" and accused him of abusing the legal system.
In 1949 James Thomas Mangan founded his own nation called the "Nation of Celestial Space" and laid claim to the whole universe. Mangan sent 74 letters to various countries in an effort to gain official recognition and even applied to join the UN but was predictably rejected.
"“Every now and then, someone thinks no one has claimed the moon before, and then rushes to claim it,” wrote Virgiliu Pop, a space law researcher at the Romanian Space Agency."
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