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The US President signed an executive order on Tuesday that brushes aside historic treaties that view space as a “global commons” to be governed by international bodies.
Instead, the vast stores of water and minerals on the Moon, Mars and asteroids are ripe for the taking by Nasa and other international space agencies, according to the directive.
The move paves the way for a new space race in which agencies stake claims to parts of space objects brimming with mineable resources, such as oxygen and metals.
In carrying out this section, the Secretary of State shall seek to negotiate joint statements and bilateral and multilateral arrangements with foreign states regarding safe and sustainable operations for the public and private recovery and use of space resources.
States Parties shall be guided by the principle of co-operation and mutual assistance in all their activities concerning the exploration and use of the moon. International co-operation in pursuance of this Agreement should be as wide as possible and may take place on a multilateral basis, on a bilateral basis or through international intergovernmental organizations.
1. The moon shall be used by all States Parties exclusively for peaceful purposes.
2. Any threat or use of force or any other hostile act or threat of hostile act on the moon is prohibited. It is likewise prohibited to use the moon in order to commit any such act or to engage in any such threat in relation to the earth, the moon spacecraft, the personnel of spacecraft or man-made space objects.
3. States Parties shall not place in orbit around or other trajectory to or around the moon objects carrying nuclear weapons or any other kind of weapons of mass destruction or place or use such weapons on or in the moon.
4. The establishment of military bases, installations and fortifications, the testing of any type of weapons and the conduct of military manoeuvres on the moon shall be forbidden. The use of military personnel for scientific research or for any other peaceful purposes shall not be prohibited. The use of any equipment or facility necessary for peaceful exploration and use of the moon shall also not be prohibited.
originally posted by: LookingAtMars
originally posted by: carewemust
Does America now own the moon and Mars?
Only the parts we land on, plant a flag and claim.
It's a new land rush or gold rush, I hope.
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
There are speculations, that there may be ''vast stores of water beneath the surface of the moon. Speculations.
So the plan is what? To spend trillions of monies to get to the moon, billions of monies to transfer moon gravity designed mining equipment to the moon, not to mention the billions that are spent on manufacturing this equipment. Then have it prospect for water?
And water for what exactly. Sending back to Earth? Not. Used to help fuel further rockets into space to go where, Mars? The Astroids? To mine? And then what.
The cost of all of this would be one thing for governments to attempt, taxing the hell out of citizens. But international corporations? Yeah right, guess again. Corporations are capitalist enterprises that rely upon almost immedate profit from a cash outlay. Just how long would a corporation need to hold off on profit in order to bennifit from an enormous out lay like that. Would stock holders put up with no dividends while all of this is going on, only to offer a few people the ability to fly out to Mars? This is a pipe dream.
Good chance we would of never had home pc's, let alone smart phones and the internet, without the space program.