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Lunar Mining And Moon Land Claims Enters Gray Area Of Outer Space Treaty, Negotiations Underway

“At least six countries and a flurry of private companies have publicly announced more than 250 missions to the Moon to occur within the next decade,” Attorney Michelle L.D. Hanlon writes. “On Earth, possession and ownership of natural resources are based on territorial sovereignty. Conversely, Article II of the Outer Space Treaty—the 60-year-old agreement that guides human activity in space—forbids nations from claiming territory in space, including the Moon, planets and asteroids. So how will space resources be managed?”

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All of Mississippi Shares in Launch of NASA’s Artemis I Mission

Dr. Richard J. Gilbreach, director of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, writes that he feels blessed to lead such a talented team that worked on the frontline to build each of the four RS-25 engines that will help launch Artemis I to the moon on Aug. 29, 2022, from Florida’s Space Coast. SSC is a NASA rocket-testing facility in Hancock County near Bay St. Louis, Miss., located on the banks of the Pearl River at the Mississippi-Louisiana border.

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James Webb Space Telescope: An Astronomer Explains The Stunning, Newly Released First Images

“The James Webb Space Telescope team has released the first science-quality images from the new telescope. In them are the oldest galaxies ever seen by human eyes, evidence of water on a planet 1,000 light-years away and incredible details showing the birth and death of stars,” Professor of Astronomy Silas Laycock writes. “Webb’s purpose is to explore origins—of the universe, of galaxies, of stars and of life—and the five images released on July 12, 2022, make good on that promise.”

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