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The Outer Space Treaty provides the basic framework on international space law, including the following principles:
· the exploration and use of outer space shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries and shall be the province of all mankind;
· outer space shall be free for exploration and use by all States;
· outer space is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means;
· States shall not place nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in orbit or on celestial bodies or station them in outer space in any other manner;
· the Moon and other celestial bodies shall be used exclusively for peaceful purposes;
· astronauts shall be regarded as the envoys of mankind;
· States shall be responsible for national space activities whether carried out by governmental or non-governmental activities;
· States shall be liable for damage caused by their space objects; and
· States shall avoid harmful contamination of space and celestial bodies.
States shall not place nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in orbit or on celestial bodies or station them in outer space in any other manner;
the Moon and other celestial bodies shall be used exclusively for peaceful purposes;
Originally posted by just_a_pilot
The idea of the US or any other capable country not putting weapons in 'space' is preposterous. It has been happing since the first Corona launch in the 1950's.
No one *owns* space, hence no treaty can be made.
The Cold War was not won by tanks and guns, but by money and scare tactics. "Star Wars".
The final straw in the USSR coffin was the B-2 bomber. The Soviet Union no longer had the money to counter our last 'earthly' offering to the war.
The idea was suprisingly simple. Peace through superior firepower. No matter what the opposite did, the other had enough to retaliate hence a "Cold War".
But then along came Ronald Reagan and the determination to win. Not by force yet by money. He threw out Star Wars ( Are you sure it was a bluff?? ) and then trumped it with the B-2. The B-2 was the ace in the hole. 2 billion a copy? Yes. Could the Soviets match and defend against it? No.
Game, set, match. Down comes the Wall and the end of the USSR.
You can log on to TerraServer now and see your house. Do you honestly belive that is all that is done from orbit?