Do laws apply in space?

Do laws apply in space?

Do laws apply in space?

Space, like the high seas, is considered res communis – it belongs to everyone and to no one, nor can any country lay claim to it. But that doesn't mean the high seas and outer space are free from national laws. ... The Outer Space Treaty is one of the most relevant when it comes to dealing with alleged crimes in space.

What happens if you commit a crime on the moon?

Well, technically if you're not a space pirate, you'll be prosecuted by the laws governing your home country. On the International Space Station, that's another story. If you commit a crime in a country, you'll be prosecuted by the laws of the said country.

Is it illegal to go to moon?

You don't need anyone to sign off on a lunar landing, but you do need a permit to launch anything into space from Earth. Governments oversee private space activity through the framework provided by the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which has been signed by 91 nations, including all the major space-faring countries.


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