The U.S. has always had ownership issues, and this may not be such a bad thing. But now, the U.S. has taken a major step forward in the latest space race. With six flags on the moon showing other countries their power, I can’t help but think what kind of wars will be fought over asteroids and other planets.
The U.S. just handed out mining rights on the moon:
It comes as no surprise that lawmakers would seek to guarantee property rights for U.S. space corporations. Under the new ‘Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act of 2015’ and it establishes “the guidelines regarding the development of space resources by non-federal entities.”
Now businesses can conduct asteroid mining and will be able to keep whatever they dig up.
“Any asteroid resources obtained in outer space are the property of the entity that obtained such resources, which shall be entitled to all property rights thereto, consistent with applicable provisions of Federal law.”
With this new Act, it shows just how serious commercial space exploration is. The opportunities are so great that businesses are already demanding federal protections, and this is for objects out in space that they haven’t even surveyed.
There was no legislation before this bill that outlined the rights of companies to resources mined from asteroids. This means companies, not only nation states, now have the rights to resources that they obtain in space.
Deep Space Industries has also been formed to mine asteroids:
Mining the moon:
China has shown their interest in the lunar surface for minerals after sending rockets there. The Chinese government has said: “China’s space exploration will not stop at the moon; our target is deep space.”
The Japanese have also taken steps in this direction with preparations to launch a probe to conduct mineral exploration on asteroids.
My question is, are you happy to trust big companies and corporations not to bring back nasty extra-terrestrial bugs that could potentially have a dire impact on life here?