The Moon Is for Sale (Some Restrictions May Apply)

You’ve probably seen the reports about the coronavirus driving people out of the cities to more-open spaces, but the quest for remote real estate is leading some buyers to the most desolate suburb of all: the moon. 

For as little as $25 an acre, sites like LunarEmbassy.com will sell you a deed to a chunk of Earth’s lone satellite. Lunar Embassy owner Dennis Hope says he claimed the entirety of the moon in 1980, and millions of people already have certificates saying they own lunar land. But though moon deeds might make cute novelty gifts, sadly for would-be space settlers, there’s no evidence they’re in any way valid legal documents.

The international community’s view is that nobody owns the moon, because everybody does. Triggered by the alarming specter of nuclear weapons in space, a 1967 United Nations treaty brought more than 100 nations together to agree that no country could

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Rare space exploration photos, including Neil Armstrong on the moon, for sale at auction

AUSTIN (KXAN) — You can get your hands on original photos from NASA astronauts from “the golden age of space exploration.”

London-based Christie’s Auctions is selling 700 lots that includes about 2,400 vintage photos from NASA that “captured the first forays into space and onto the surface of another world,” the Christie’s press release said.

One of the photos for sale is the only picture of Neil Armstrong on the moon’s surface, taken by fellow Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. It’s estimated worth is between $40,000 – $66,000, the press release said.

Another photo included in the auction is the first one taken of earthrise from the moon in 1968. William Anders, a crew member on Apollo 8, took the photo.

Private collector Victor Martin-Malburet curated the collection titled “Voyage to Another World: The Victor Martin-Malburet Collection,” and lots can be bid on until Nov. 20 through Christie’s website.

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For sale: The Moon | TheHill

It’s official: the Moon is open for business. Last week, NASA announced that seven countries had signed its so-called Artemis Accords, a series of bilateral agreements that allow national governments and private companies to extract and exploit space resources, including the Moon’s. Several more nations are “anxious” to sign the pact by year’s end.

U.S. officials have heralded the Artemis Accords as the pathway to a sustainable, prosperous and peaceable future in outer space. Named for NASA’s manned lunar mission, the agreement echoes several provisions from international space treaties the United Nations has negotiated since the late 1960s. It requires signatories to help distressed astronauts, register space vehicles with the UN Secretary-General and openly share scientific data. The document’s apparent conformity with established rules has caused commentators to portray it as benign, or else ignore it completely.

This is a mistake.

The Artemis Accords are not merely a code of

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