If the Moon is colonized by the United States within the century, is it a possibility that the Moon will become a province/state of America?

I doubt that very much.  The Moon (like Antarctica) is covered by an international treaty that forbids any nation from claiming all or part of it.  Besides, I think you may be confused by the term “colonized”, which is not really the right term for space exploration.  The most we might anticipate is a few thousand people living on the Moon; it will never be practical for large numbers of people to move there.  In contrast, all of states of the the United States have populations of about a million or more.

David Morrison

NLSI Interim Director

May 2, 2007

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