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Friday, February 1st, 2019
by Michelle Hanlon
Associate Director of the Air and Space Law Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law
The media and many commercial space companies -- particularly the ones seeking to colonize Mars or mine asteroids – seek to characterize outer space as a lawless frontier. But there are, in fact, laws that apply in space. The foundations of space law are grounded in general international law and custom; an enduring framework for the regulation of all space activity was established by the Outer Space Treaty, which opened for signature in 1967. Now, however, we stand on the threshold of a new space era -- an era in which humanity has the opportunity to transition into a true spacefaring species. Can the law keep up?
To answer that and all your questions about space law, we are pleased to host Michelle Hanlon, Associate Director of the Air and Space Law Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Michelle is also the Co-Founder of For All Moonkind, the only organization in the Universe focused on preserving human history in space, starting with Neil Armstrong's bootprint which currently is not protected or even recognized by any international custom, agreement or regulation. Michelle will present an introduction to space law and discuss the challenges new space technologies and missions present to the existing space law regime.
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About the M.A.S.
The Memphis Astronomical Society, or M.A.S., is a public service organization which promotes understanding of the science of astronomy through free public lectures and demonstrations. Members are seldom professional astronomers. We work in many different occupations, some in the sciences, but most in other fields. We are amateurs in the basic sense of the word: we study astronomy because we love it. We seek to learn more about it through reading, conversation with other astronomers, professional as well as amateur, and especially through direct observation of celestial objects.
The Memphis Astronomical Society is 501(c)(3) charitable educational society, and as such, donations may be tax deductible (please consult your tax advisor). If you care to make a donation, you may use the link below to so. We will be sure you recieve a reciept for your records.
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|Ric Honey, President
|Jeremy Veldman, VP Programs
|Mark Matthews, VP Observing
|Sarita Joshi, Treasurer
Memphis Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 871
Cordova, TN 38088-0871