Space outlaws

flags of united states, russia, australia, china, japan and india on the moon
Illustration by Marc Blazewicz. Credit: NASA (Moon) / Getty Images (flags).

Australia is sending mining robots to the Moon – but they may have to navigate a legal and diplomatic minefield once they get there. While international agreements state that space should be the common heritage of humankind, in practice countries and corporations are jockeying to control lunar resources.

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