Laws for Mars

  • According to the Outer Space Treaty, Mars belongs to everybody and nobody can own a celestial body. As humans start setting up colonies on Mars, new laws of the land will have to be created and refined.
  • Environmental and planetary protection laws and guidelines will also be required.
  • As companies prepare to mine asteroids and other bodies, the government will need to set up a licensing procedure. Asteroid mining licensing could pave the way in making it easier (or harder) to include planetary protection in the guidelines for building settlements on other worlds.
  • Laws for the colonists: Would they be legally called neo-colonialists or Alien? Would the juridical systems of the Earth apply to them as well or would they have their own governing laws?
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