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NASA may wish to check with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs before entering into mining contracts. I believe that the UN ratified an agreement in 1967, setting out fairly strict limitations on ownership and exploitation of outer space along the following lines:
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 entities;
States shall be liable for damage caused by their space objects; and
States shall avoid harmful contamination of space and celestial bodies.
UN Office of Outer Space Affairs
NASA may wish to check with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs before entering into mining contracts.