There are several companies the claim to sell real estate on the Moon.  Do any of these have any legal validity?  Has there been a test case where one of these companies has been taken to court for obtaining money by deception?  I thought the Moon had legal status similar to Antarctica?

The Moon, like the Antarctic, is an international preserve, protected by treaty.  No sales of land there are valid, although I don’t know of any test case.  I doubt this issue would be accepted by the courts, who probably recognize that sales of land on the Moon are for “entertainment” only (just like selling star names).

David Morrison

NLSI Interim Director

July 17, 2007

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