Space Law and Government

Space Law and Government

Space Law and Government

Space Law and Government

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In this foreword I intend to indicate that the great new problems confronting civilization in the Age of Space require the close and devoted attention of the social scientists as well as of the natural scientists, and that principles of justice and order should be established in these early days of man's exploration of space. Space Law and Government is a penetrating examination and analysis of such principles and, as such, merits the careful attention of thoughtful people in all walks of life. By this, of course, I do not mean to indicate that I agree or disagree with the statements or conclusions of the author or of the authorities relied upon.

Our Earth is only one planet in our entire solar system. Our sun is only one of millions of stars in a single galaxy. Our galaxy is only one of many galaxies in the universe. Man and life as we know it on this earth exist only within a minute portion of the whole range of conditions within the Cosmos.

Man's vexing problems thus take their proper place when observed from afar. It is therefore fitting and proper that we urge every avenue be explored to set aside the manmade problems that plague this world and join others to explore jointly what lies outside this small world of ours. I note that a major portion of Space Law and Government is devoted to discussing international cooperation in space exploration on official and nongovernmental levels. This is indeed useful.

The United States already is pursuing an active program of cooperation with many other countries of the world. I would repeat here again what we have so often said before: our program is open to all nations. We hope that improved international relations as among all peoples will be furthered by man's move into outer space.

It is my earnest hope and the hope of all Americans that such international cooperation programs can be expanded to the fullest and that we, together with all the nations of the world acting jointly and cooperatively, can explore what lies beyond us. From such cooperation will be . . .

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