31 January, 2012

"Colonies" on the Moon ?

This week, Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich announced that as President, he would support building an American colony on the moon. According to Gingrich, by 2020, “we will have the first permanent base on the moon… a manned colony on the moon which flies the American flag.”  Whilst the idea has been ridiculed in some quarters, its legality has also been questioned (e.g. Newt Gingrich’s dreams of moon colony squashed by 1967 treaty).  So what does international law say about activities on the moon?  See the interesting article in  International Law Observer

To date, only 12 men have stood on the Moon's surface.  Pictured left is Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 (July 1969).