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Space Debris- Never Friend Always Foe

According to NASA space debris is non-operational man-made objects in outer space. They include but are not limited to non-functional space crafts, abandoned launch vehicle stages, mission related debris and fragmentation debris. Why is space debris a problem? Space debris is considered problematic because it can cause damage in outer space and on the ground upon Earth re-entry. It can cause damage to space crafts and in some cases even space crew if the impact of the collision is pronounced enough.  Last, but not least, space debris causes space pollution. Currently there are more than 500,000 pieces of debris in…

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Skimming the Surface: National Space Legislation

Last post was focused on international space law. This post will focus on national space law. National space law can be defined as national legislation governing space related activities.[1] National legislation is relevant vis a vis space law because of the increase of private actors in the exploration and travel to space.  It is estimated that private actors will spend close to 1 trillion dollars, this year alone, in conducting space related activities. These private actors need to be regulated. The treaties mentioned in my previous post, cover only state activities in space, not the actions of private parties or…

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A Brief Introduction to Space Law

Space law governs space related activities. Space law is considered international law because like general international law it is comprised of treaties, conventions, general assembly resolutions as well as the rules and regulations of international organizations. There are five (5) United Nations treaties on outer space.  They are; The Outer Space Treaty; The Rescue Agreement; The Liability Convention; The Registration Convention; and The Moon Agreement. The Outer Space Treaty governs activities of states in the exploration and use of outer space.  The Rescue Agreement applies to the rescue of astronauts, return of astronauts and the return of objects launched into…

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He Touched My Life and then He Vanished-The Best Advice I Ever Received…

“Know the issue to the core of its scintilla”, was advice given to me by, what I believe to be a homeless man, who made his way into my law school via the lower level entrance.   My law school campus is an urban campus, and if you wanted to avoid the scrutiny of the main entrance, which is upstairs, you entered through the unmanned lower level. I was sitting alone at a table doing what I do best “contemplating life” and he sat down.  If he told me his name, I don’t remember it.  All I remember is a rather…

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