Who Owns the Moon?

Who exactly owns the moon?
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Moon facts
You have probably wondered: who owns the moon? Technically, the ownership of the moon is governed by the 1967 Outer Space Treaty which requires nations to ensure that activities or experiments of their nation do not interfere with the peaceful exploration and use of outer space. Additionally, under current United Nations law, member states are “prohibited from appropriating the moon.” Recentlythis complex subject has been back in the news again as Robert Bigelow, founder and president of Bigelow Aerospace, has called for clarification from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) on whether launching a Moon habitat allows them to have a zone of operation that other persons are prevented from entering. It would seem that such a zone would essentially allow Bigelow (and others, potentially) to run a privately run lunar base engaged in mining operations. While this seem outlandish, it’s a very real concern. Commenting on the matter, Professor Ian Crawford ofBirkbeck College noted that he thought space tourism is more likely to take place before the moon is mined for its minerals. [KMG]
The first link will take interested parties to an article from NASASpaceflight.com about Bigelow’s recent renewed interest in the possibility of private moon exploration. The second link will take users to a news article from the Examiner about the world of lunar private property rights. Moving along, the third link will take interested visitors to a great piece from National Geographic’s Dan Vergano about Bigelow’s quest to clarify private property rights on the moon. Next, visitors will find an article from the Telegraph which talks about the ownership of the moon and
various international treaties governing this matter. A great site from NASA follows, which provides information about the moon, complete with photos, videos, and an interactive map of its surface. The final link leads to a fun set of basic facts about the moon, specially selected for children. The Scout Report