Monday, June 07, 2010


The Outer Space Theory is an international multilateral agreement that sets forth the fundamental principles governing the international law of outer space. Over eighty (80) states are parties to the Outer Space Treaty.

The Outer Space Theory provides that outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is free for exploration and use by all states and cannot be claimed by any state. Any exploration and use must be for the benefit of all states on a basis of equality and in accordance with international law and due regard to interests of other states. The explorations and use must not result to any harmful contamination of the outer space and the earth as well.

The state conducting space activities must as far as practicable disclose information about such activities. Stations and equipment should be open in case other states demand for inspection. For activities that are sponsored by non-government organizations, authorization and supervision of the government bearing international responsibility of such activities are required. On the other hand, responsibility is on the organization and its members if the activities are under intergovernmental organizations. Further, the state that launched or authorized the launching of an object into the outer space is liable for any damage it may cause.

The austronauts are regarded as envoys of mankind in outer space. In case of distress or emergency landing in another state, they must be promptly returned to the state of the space vehicle's registry.

Finally, the treaty also demilitarizes the moon and other celestial bodies.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    I Like your post, it is information, yet to the point.

    John Hotham