A study on Moon and other Celestical Bodies as Common Heritage of Mankind with special reference to Section 11 of Moon Treaty under Space Law Regime – A Glimpse
Article11 of Moon Agreement, Benefits and interest of all countries, Freedom of Exploration, Use and Scientific Investigation, Protection and Preservation of the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies
The 20th Century is the advent of atomic energy and the pleasant event of space exploration. The launching of Sputnik by the former Soviet Union in 1957 has signaled the beginning of space race between two super powers. Since then the outer space activities increased tremendously with the passage of time. The race that began as bilateral has now become multilateral with the entry of several other states to the field of outer space. The states have also started to carry on specific missions directed towards various celestial bodies existing in the solar system. There are lot of loopholes together with the economic and political interests of the states have acted as obstacles in the acceptance of the Moon Agreement by the states. In the light of tremendous uncertainties in the provisions, the Moon Agreement is signed and ratified by only 13 states. In addition, 4 more states have signed the Agreement but not yet ratified it. This number being negligible, there exist doubts as to the binding nature of the Moon Agreement in the international level. This rapid growth has necessitated a legal framework to regulate the activities in the field of outer space.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 3

Page(s): 520 - 523
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