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...President Trump and his administration is investigating, what they are calling, "the large-scale economic development of space."
The ambitious plans for commercially exploring space outlined in the documents propose potential new moon landings within the next three years as well as, "private lunar landers staking out de facto 'property rights' for American on the Moon, by 2020."
...The Outer Space Treaty, developed in 1967, and currently signed and ratified by the majority of nations on the globe, outlines the general legal framework for modern international space law.
...the Treaty states that it, "is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means."
Trump's Advisers Want to Return Humans to the Moon in Three Years
…The Obama administration wanted to send humans to Mars. But the Trump administration wants to put them back on the moon first, and quickly.
That ambition is inside internal documents reported by Politico on Thursday that describe what would be a dramatic shift in mission for NASA.
…NASA would focus on boosting human activity in the cislunar region—the space between the Earth and the moon—as opposed to venturing deeper into the solar system. The space agency’s main goal, they say, should be “the large-scale economic development of space.”
Trump's Vision of Space Exploration
The Trump administration is seriously considering a major new initiative to privatize much of the space sector, promote a return to the moon by 2020, and aim for Mars and other Solar System targets soon thereafter. This, according to Politico.com’s Bryan Bender, citing Trump administration internal documents obtained by Politico.
The central aim of the administration’s new policy under consideration will be the “large-scale economic development of space,” and it will entail such revolutionary moves as fully privatizing lower-earth orbit, allowing for the mass deployment of private space stations, and freeing up NASA to return to cutting-edge research in new realms like manned exploration of interplanetary space.
The big changes that may (not) be coming to NASA
…“If this initiative can be approved quickly by the White House, and appropriately funded, we will see private American astronauts, on private space ships, circling the moon by 2020.” (Emphasis in original.)
originally posted by: Riffrafter
a reply to: soficrow
Trump is probably of the belief that "possession is 9/10 of the law" and "it's better to ask forgiveness than permission".
Nothing would surprise me with this administration.
I also believe that if the generals and companies got in his ear about securing america by securing the globe via securing space, Trump would eat that up so fast our heads will spin. I believe that's exactly what may be happening.
What do you think?
originally posted by: Kryties
originally posted by: angryproctologist
a reply to: soficrow
Americans were the first to plant a flag,so,I'm sorry.
All your moon are belong to us.
Good luck with that. The rest of the planet will not allow that to happen.
The moon ain't the exclusive property of America, sorry.