Foreign Relations: Outer Limits?

By a vote of 88 to 0, the U.S. Senate last week approved a "Treaty of Outer Space" that in effect would ban war beyond the limits of the earth's atmosphere. The treaty specifies that "the exploration and use of outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development, and shall be the province of all mankind." It demands "cooperation and mutual assistance" in space missions—including the swift return of downed astronauts—and totally precludes the use...

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