One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Space Law

By Gabrielle Frieser, a rising third year law student at Harvard Law School and a summer associate at Gerard Fox Law Legal Perspectives June 15, 2020

The recent SpaceX and NASA launch, which was the first time the U.S. has sent astronauts into space in nearly a decade, heralds a new era of scientific exploration and commercial space travel. The launch was followed by an announcement that NASA will open the ISS to private individuals, who will travel aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. Although this falls short of Elon Musk’s goal of colonizing Mars, this new frontier of human spaceflight raises questions about the privatization of space, such as information sharing and licensing, and perhaps novel legal issues such as interstellar torts.

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