A view from the Apollo 11 spacecraft, showing the Earth rising above the moon’s horizon (July 1969).
No human has been to the moon since 1972. But India, China and Russia would like to change that, and soon.
Off to court…
Future Mars colonists may want to form their own legal system. What would stop them?
A lot has changed since the Outer Space Treaty was signed in 1967.
NASA Image and Video Library
Who is responsible for space debris? What laws should apply to humans living on another planet? Who has rights to mine asteroids? The Outer Space Treaty needs an update to address such questions.
Space exploration and exploitation has changed a lot in 50 years.
The Outer Space Treaty, now 50 years old, has so far never been violated. But things could be about to change.
Outer space should be used for peace not war.
The rules on armed conflict on Earth are a major source of restraint on military operations. But the rules on the use of weapons in outer space are far from clear. We need to change that.
Falcon 9 explodes.
It is unclear how regulated space activities by private companies really are.
The Changzheng-2F rocket with the Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft carries three Chinese astronauts to the space station Tiangong-1.
We should welcome the fact that amateur astronomers are increasingly keeping tabs on what's going on up above.
Nope, a flag is not enough to make the moon a colony.
The US has been beaming up free-market principles to outer space for decades. But the new Space Act is a step too far.
The International Space Station is a multi-nation effort to keep in orbit around Earth.
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
In our efforts to keep peace in space we could learn much from the US-Russian relationship on the International Space Station.
An artist’s concept of two NASA Earth-orbiting cube satellites with a typical volume of just one litre (10cm x 10cm x 10cm).
We're already building satellites that can sit in the palm of your hand. But getting them into orbit can be a challneg, and not only for technical reasons.