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The Outer Space Treaty was handled through the United Nations - therefore enforcement is supposed to go through there too. Unanimous votes are not common in the Security Council - so it's quite possible no legal action would be taken.
However, several of the Security Council members have the technology to destroy the on-orbit weapon and might do so, regardless, if they felt threatened.
If someone were to "claim the moon" - I'd expect loud posturing and maybe some sanctions. I wouldn't expect overt action in that case unless someone finds oil on the moon.
And, yes, a State is responsible for the actions of its inhabitants, with respect to this treaty.
originally posted by: Azureblue
a reply to: Gemwolf
Water on Mars... BUT NASA can't go near it. dont think so.
The treaty will last about 5 minutes now announced 'finding' the water which they have likely have known about for a long time. Question is why are they announcing it now? May be nothing more than because now is as good a time as any. Perhaps also becuase they want to extend the hdegomey over the entire planet.
originally posted by: eriktheawful
a reply to: swanne
Right, except, no where in the treaty does it specify water.
Most of the treaty is about different nations doing land grabs, or the militarizing of space, or interfering with each other.
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
It belongs to no-one from this planet - BECAUSE IT IS ANOTHER PLANET.
The frightening thing here is that an entity created by Earths global elite bloodlines has arrogantly decided that not only will it determine what we can and cannot do on this prison rock, it somehow has propagandized it's way into blindsiding the planets population into automatically accepting being the authority on what can and cannot happen on other planets!!
originally posted by: Gemwolf
So the big news of the week is water on Mars.
This obviously means a lot for space exploration, i.e. manned missions to Mars.
Obviously we all want to know more about the water and want the Rover to drive towards the signs of water at top speed to go check it out... Right?
However, they can't. According to some articles like this one and this one earth's space powers are bound by rules agreed to under the 1967 Outer Space Treaty which forbids "anyone from sending a mission, robot or human, close to a water source in the fear of contaminating it with life from Earth"...
You can read the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies here.
Only, I can't seem to find anything about water on the site? The other articles link to it... Would be something if that clause was suddenly removed?
Either way, it makes complete sense... We don't know what kind of filth and bacteria is crawling over the Rover. Yes, it was seriously sterilized before it was sent into space. But we don't know what kinds of bugs and microbes it picked up on the way. There is space poop floating around our planet left by astronauts to begin with. So yes, we don't want to contaminate Mars' water with astronaut poop...
Interesting enough there are several "special regions" the Mars rover is not allowed to go, specifically to prevent "life from happening" (in very broad terms)...
A new analysis of Mars "Special Regions": findings of the second MEPAG Special Regions Science Analysis Group (SR-SAG2).
A committee of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) has reviewed and updated the description of Special Regions on Mars as places where terrestrial organisms might replicate (per the COSPAR Planetary Protection Policy). This review and update was conducted by an international team (SR-SAG2) drawn from both the biological science and Mars exploration communities, focused on understanding when and where Special Regions could occur. The study applied recently available data about martian environments and about terrestrial organisms, building on a previous analysis of Mars Special Regions (2006) undertaken by a similar team.
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So, basically "These are the places earth-based life could exist"...