Washington Lawyer - December 2017 - 17
hen the United States, the United
Kingdom, and the Soviet Union came
together 50 years ago to codify the
rules of outer space, they offered
an aspirational view of space exploration and
a vision built on the defining principles of
democracy, equality, opportunity, and peace.
Ultimately, 107 nations would become parties
to that agreement, the Treaty on Principles
Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon
and Other Celestial Bodies. Known as the Outer
Space Treaty (OST), the agreement was remarkable
for its prudence and for what it left unwritten.
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