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Re: Re: starship-design: YES, we might do it.

On Wed, 21 Oct 1998 KellySt@aol.com wrote:

> >The analogy of Antarctic or deep-sea exploration
> >is not valid here - they are not pursued for quite different reasons
> >(e.g., international treaties asking for leaving Antarctide
> >pristine [e.g. banning assimilating any outside animal species],
> >or exluding private rights to deep-sea resources).
> >There will be one more fight needed from space-exploration 
> >advocates: stopping atempts to make space & cellestial bodies 
> >equally "protected" from human enterprise.
> Well their are similar treaties for space, but that doesn't really mater.  If
> there was money on the line those treaties would go the way of their
> predisesors.  The big problem is they all proved not worth the bother.  So
> Arctic bases arew maintained for political reasons (so all claiments keep
> rights to Antarctica in case they want it in the future) and the undersea labs
> have all been pulled out or sold.

Hmm, I thought those treaties technicaly only prevented _NATIONS_ from
makeing claims on extra-terestrial objects, not individuals or