Aug 19, 2019 | Updated: 12:01 PM EDT

Outer Space Laws: Should They Be Drafted Now?

Jul 23, 2019 09:03 AM EDT

Outer Space
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Yuri Gagarin from Russia was the first person to ever set foot in space. Since then, space travel has always been on top of the list of things to do. It was like when it started, there was simply no turning back. 

Apart from the missions that involved transporting humans to the International Space Station (ISS), there have also been countless missions that involved getting communication satellites out in space. Their existence there helps keep the people in the world grounded to what they know and the possibility of what they could find out. However, the increase in interest to explore what else the universe has to offer has only become stronger in recent times. 

Several big companies have expressed their desire in possible space explorations venturing into space missions to the Red Planet, hopeful that they might be able to uncover the possible ways to survive life on another planet apart from the Earth. 

The dream is to colonize the moon and create societies on Mars. With the latest improvements in technology, these plans are slowly getting closer to the reality of having new programs. SpaceX led by Elon Musk wants to create a colony of humans in Mas. He believes that keeping a colony on Mars will serve as a back-up plan in case a catastrophe hits the Earth, and the only option is to move to another planet. 

Last year, the company opened its doors to what could be considered as the world's first private space passenger to fly around the moon using their own BFR launch vehicle. Similarly, the Blue Origin of the Amazon, is also aiming at making that goal a success. They want people to live as well as work in space. They want to save the future generations for not having options of where they could live and thrive. 

Space exploration is designed to help people to tap into the unlimited resources and energy that only space has to offer. The highlight is that going to space can immensely benefit the people on Earth. It is not just about the demand for more space, but rather the demand for resources. There are known resources that are available in space, therefore investors and business owners are looking into how they could harvest these resources and put into good use. 

The advancements in technology are proof that humans have this great desire to conquer space, including the interest expressed by big players in the business industry. This has led to a decrease in the operational costs that will take humans to a mission in outer space. But is this enough reason for outer space laws to be put in place? Are humans invading outer space that it requires a set of laws to govern them?

These are the hard questions that we need to ask and find answers for.

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