Sunday, December 11, 2005

Martian Law

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To utilize fully the resources of the Mars, humans will need to bring to that planet more than machines, tools and scientific instruments. They will need to bring law. Not too much law. Most of the economic, political and social problems on earth result from an overabundance of rules, regulations and restrictions on individual liberty. What will be important is that humans bring the right law. Thus to fully exploit Mars' potential and to make it another home for the human race, an economic-political system will have to emerge that allows individuals or voluntary associations of individuals to secure exclusive rights to use resources and to exchanges freely with others, and that protects property, and enforces contracts.

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Two factors will enable us to enforce our laws on Mars if we are able to get there first.

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The recent confirmations of surface and subsurface ice and water reservoirs on Mars represents ground breaking news and the need to prepare Space Law documents that will preserve and protect these critical resources by future missions to Mars.

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Now we find ourselves in an entirely different world. The Soviet Union is no more. Mars, it turns out, has far more water than we previously suspected: enough to support colonies, and even programs aimed at giving it a climate more hospitable to humans. The reward for going to Mars has increased dramatically. At the same time, new Mars mission architectures, also pioneered by Robert Zubrin and studied by NASA for the past decade, indicate that the cost of going to Mars has dropped dramatically. Whereas a 1990 study suggested that a human mission to Mars would cost $500 billion for a "flags-and-footprints" mission, experts now believe that it could be done for a tenth of that; the very first landing could begin to create infrastructure for long-term human presence and even colonization.

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Thanks to a bizarre law passed in America (where else?) you can now actually buy land on Mars by the acre – and yes, Mars is owned by the same people who were clever enough to claim the moon as their own. And considering the combination of advancements in space exploration technology and high property prices on this planet, this could be a major bargain. Where else are you going to find an acre of land so cheap?

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THE RIGHTS OF MARS Robert Zubrin Pioneer Astronautics, 445 Union Blvd., #125, Lakewood, Colorado 80228.

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Martian Law: From the Cato Institute comes this paper exploring the best choices for law on the red planet when colonization occurs.

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Martian Law: The Case for a Global Democracy Note: This abstract was prepared for the 1998 Mars Society Convention.

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Welcome to the arcane world of space law, which deals with human activities in outer space. Most space law issues come under the jurisdiction of the United Nations. The rest, of course, is controlled by the Klingon Empire. Actually, it's a hodgepodge of bilateral agreements and national law.

My Grandkids Went To Mars and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt
This organization of several thousand scientists, artists, filmmakers, writers, janitors, bus drivers and other brilliant creative misfits has been waiting, and watching, and preparing for this close encounter with Mars.


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