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Ok, so I understand the question as being about a private, commercial base on the Moon. The short answer is sure: it's legal, so long as you get authorization from your "launching state". As another answer says, the 1967 Outer Space Treaty is the primary international law instrument governing activities in outer space. Article II of the OST ...


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Yes, and you've answered the question in your question! As you note, the FAA regulates launch and reentry for US-based operations. As part of this regulation, the FAA sends around applications to the U.S. Government interagency for comment before approval. One of the questions they ask is whether there are any planetary protection issues with the proposal....


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I am not a lawyer. Still, I would like to submit this strawman answer to my own question, for you to criticize. The language of Article VI is open to different interpretations. I can see at least two, and mutually contradicting. The first, call it the “strict interpretation”, is that ONLY the US can “authorize and continuously supervise” the activities of ...


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