This is a fine kettle of fish
NOVA Next: Who Makes the Rules for Outer Space?
Little possibility of substantial international agreement on any treat that would make sense while meeting all the needs of compromise. And for now it’s all in the hands of the lawyers. To my way of thinking, the sausage factory of space exploration is more frightening than the risks of exploration. May the generation that will be doing the exploration do a better job of this than previous generations.
Article II of the treaty is just 30 words long. It says, “Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.” Today, space lawyers are spending an awful lot of time debating what, exactly, that means.