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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!