Author Topic: Which company will achieve her goals before, SpaceX or Blue Origin?  (Read 32714 times)

Offline trimeta

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The whole point of the Artemis Accords (written and signed by the United States) is that landing on an extraterrestrial body and setting up a base doesn't give you control over that whole body. Just the immediate environs around your base, and any resources you've mined from the surface (or atmosphere, on Mars).

And the "claiming land" part is written to carefully sidestep the UN outer space treaty, basically saying "you don't 'own' the land, you just set up a safety cordon." It's clearly a legal fig leaf, at some point the UN treaty will be replaced, but the Artemis Accords are an attempt to guide what comes next, so they're a statement of intent from the US saying "even if we build a Mars base, we're not claiming the whole planet."

Offline Vahe231991

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There are two types of goals.
- Eventual goals, such as "Make humanity multi planetary" and "Move Earth's industry to space".
- Mid-term goals, such as "Make Mars self-sustainable" and "establish a self-sufficient colony in space"
- Near-term goals, such as "Establish a colony on Mars" and "???"
The only planetary or lunar bodies besides the Moon and Mars on which that SpaceX would contemplate setting colonies would be Europa and Titan. The Artemis Project set up in the 1990s floated the idea of setting up a human colony on the Europa moon, but this remained conceptual only.



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