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Tanja Masson: who owns the moon?

The moon exerts a pull on us. The Americans won the space race and were first to land there. In the Universiteit van Nederland, space law expert Tanja Masson explores the questions that this raises. Who owns the moon and the valuable resources that are found there?

It is going to get busier on the moon, Tanja Masson explains in her mini-lecture. The Americans got there first, but others are interested too – India, for instance. Not least because of resources there such as titanium, platinum and helium 3. Groups of countries have signed agreements on who ‘owns’ the moon and its resources, but how robust are these agreements? And which countries haven’t signed such agreements?

Who owns the moon? [in Dutch]

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