International Law: The Frontier Is Up

Who owns the moon — lovers and songwriters, or the first nation to establish a base there? Who pays damages if one country's space capsule crash-lands in another's biggest city? May political propaganda be beamed to earth from space? Or TV commercials? When the U.S. orbits a reconnaissance satellite, are the Russians entitled to knock it out if they can, like another U2? If space explorers meet a race of intelligent nonhumans, how are men and bug-eyed monsters to live together under the rule of law? Such questions were once the specialty...

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