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Questions about the political aspect of outer space.

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Mandate or Mission Statement of US Space Command

In August of 2019, the re-establishment of the US Space Command. While I understand that this a unified force command under the US Strategic Command at the Pentagon, what is the official mandate or ...
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Who in the US actually “sends” astronauts to the Moon? The executive or the legislative branch?

The sources cited in this question and in the news mention that in a recent speech to the US space council, vice president Pence announced that NASA should land astronauts on the south pole of the ...
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Did US vice president Pence say anything close to “by any means necessary”?

I have not been able to find a transcript of US vice president Pence's recent (26-Mar-2019) speech to the US Space Council. This one is from last year. The phrase By any means necessary carries a ...
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Can land on another planet be acquired by a person or country, and if so how?

When can a person or country stake claim to land on another planet? At what legal point can a country declare we own this land in the name of whom so ever?
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Is the proposal to create a US Space Force being taken seriously?

It seems like there have been a number of unusual ideas in recent American politics. And that's saying something because, as a foreigner looking in, it's never seemed normal. Is Space Force being ...
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Does the US Constitution's “to provide for the common defense” automatically apply to a non-existent but potential future cis-lunar economy?

United States Representative Jim Bridenstine has been nominated to be the next Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Within the 29-Dec-2016 blog post Why the Moon ...
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Why is it so hard for the US government to commit to landing a man on Mars as compared to the Apollo program?

During the 1960s the US government raced against the Soviet Union in an attempt to become the first in various areas of space exploration. They have committed a significant amount of money and ...
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Does the Outer Space Treaty expire?

I recently read an article on the New York Times that talks about China's interests in Antarctica, and it mentions that the Antarctic Treaty (created in 1959) expires in 2048: But Mr. Xi’s visit ...
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What are the consequences of exiting the Outer Space Treaty

In a hypothetical scenario that Russia, China or USA decide to "occupy" the Moon, they can not legally do that now due to having signed the Outer Space Treaty. Can one of the signing countries exit ...
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How will lands on the Moon be divided?

Are there any laws on how lands on the Moon are to be divided between multiple countries?
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How high must a craft fly in order to not be in foreign airspace?

When flying over another country's airspace, the laws of that country apply. Alcohol, for example, can be banned on certain flights due to international recognition of a foreign power's rights. That ...