The Moon: GROUND RULES FOR THE MOON

WHERE men go, arguments follow.

Now that man has taken the first small steps toward exploring and exploiting extraterrestrial bodies, he must face up to an important question: What laws will govern his conduct in space?

Legal experts have theorized about the problems of space exploration since well before the first Sputnik was launched in 1957, though their speculations were largely limited to questions of national sovereignty. After a United Nations committee studied the problem, the General Assembly adopted a resolution in 1961 affirming that the U.N. Charter applied to outer space and that celestial bodies were open to exploration by all states.

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