April 20th 2006 10:04:31
RE: Google To Advertise On The Moon (links/snippets)( Posts: 1; New Posts: 1 ) [ See: ComDig 2006.15 ]
That Google would pay the US govt $1bn for advertising rights on the moon seems rather a dubious possibility, and I wonder whether the article discussing it was an April Fools joke.
The 1966 Declaration of Legal Principles of States Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, ratified by 98 States and containing 27 signatures, renders payment of money to any particular nation for the administration of activities on the moon to be legally dubious at best.
The relevant sections of the treaty are:
2. Outer space and celestial bodies are free for exploration and use by all States on a basis of equality and in accordance with international law.
3. Outer space and celestial bodies are not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.
See link to the United Nations Office for Outer Space affairs.
Thenagain, given the current US Administration's propensity to flout international law where its interests are served, it would not be a surprise if it accepted $1 bn from Google on the purported basis that it (the US) is the only country with the current means to realistically defend a claim to the lunar surface.