The 1967 Space Treaty
This chapter details the events leading up to the ratification of the 1967 Space Treaty. The Space Treaty was born from the need to determine the legal status of celestial bodies before man’s landing on the moon, and based on a tacit agreement on the part of the super powers to forgo territorial claims and military activities on all celestial bodies. In converting into legally binding rules non-binding norms contained in successive General Assembly resolutions on the legal regime of outer space and celestial bodies and on international co-operation in their exploration and use, the treaty now provides a proper legal framework for future activities of States in this New World of the space age.
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