A tricky way to claim land on the Moon + The constellations are sexist

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A Tricky Way to Claim Land on the Moon
http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archi...on/495578/

EXCERPT: [...] Technical and financial challenges aside, these dreams run up against the reality of international relations. There is no governing body on the moon, no arbiter of property disputes. The Outer Space Treaty, ratified in 1967 at the height of the Cold War, is the only official Earth document that discusses moon use. In addressing future moon missions, it asks regulatory bodies from countries where public or private rockets would launch to ensure the missions’ safety. That’s why Moon Express received a permit last week, from the Federal Aviation Administration. The Outer Space Treaty bars any nation or corporation from owning property on a celestial body, “by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.” But it also discusses the “use” of those bodies. In this way, the treaty simultaneously, and somewhat awkwardly, reflects the closely held principles of both Soviet Russia and capitalist America: It regards celestial objects as common property, but it makes room for exploiting and using their resources.

Martin Elvis, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, says this balancing act allows room for a loophole. Elvis recently wrote a scientific paper that plays out a moon-land grab scenario under the treaty....



The Constellations Are Sexist
http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archi...rs/496037/

EXCERPT: [...] To this day, astronomy remains one of the only scientific fields that relies so heavily on ancient Greek and Roman mythology for its naming conventions. Cosmology and mythology have been interwoven throughout human history, so it’s not surprising that modern-day astronomers have inherited this tradition. But classical mythology is deeply misogynistic, and using it to identify celestial bodies contributes to a scientific culture that diminishes the achievements of women like Caroline. Male deities and figures reign with nearly unlimited power, while their female counterparts suffer violence and humiliation....
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It was funny how when I saw that thread title what my mind took in was, "How to claim landing on the moon."   That was due to the effects of hearing of the conspiracy theory that the moon landings were faked.
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(Aug 19, 2016 01:36 PM)elte Wrote: It was funny how when I saw that thread title what my mind took in was, "How to claim landing on the moon."   That was due to the effects of hearing of the conspiracy theory that the moon landings were faked.


That's a good one to keep in mind when there's a slow week or two for finding anything recent to post in "Junk Science".
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I am still laughing
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