- The Lunar Mission
Who owns the moon when a lot of people start exploring it in the next few years?
I don’t know if this is a correct question, but if so, maybe its 50 years old ( or much much more ) delayed. Maybe we should make it before NASA landed there. If we apply the conventional earth rules used in the last 500 years , the owner of the Moon should be its discover ( not necessaily who arrived first there ).
But, this is a good question and the answer is extremely simple: The Humanity.
I think that it will be extremely difficult to create rules to the Moon exploration based on English/Spanish/Portugueses 500 years old premisses. Egyptians and Fenicians have arrived on america 2.000 years ago, but was the Spanish and Portugueses that devided the world in two pieces , based on Tordesillas Treated in 1494. Today , they don’t own nothing about it , and the colonization process is abandoned because difficulty of envorimental adaptation.
To be very clear and safe and avoid wars, may be we should project the same geography distribution from the Earth to the Moon, and each country will have its area on the Moon reserved. Also it means that 2/3 of the Moon will receive an International Freedom area, that will correspond with the Earth Ocean projection, so there is a lot of free area for international missions to arrive there. But it don’t means that we cannot land , or visit , other , lets say Moon-Countries there. We can make it as a tourist, we can make it even to work , or create the exploration. This should be following the same estabilazed rules that we have here. May be we should begin like that in promoting an evolution on this concept. It has worked on the Antartida region on Planet Earth, may be this concept will be appropriate to me used on the Moon. So, the owner of the Moon is the Humanity,and each one has its right there.
– Sergio Cabral Cavalcanti
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Walking on the Moon
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