An astronaut walking on the moon

Who owns the moon?

A digital rendering of an astronaut walking on the moon. (Image credit: fStop Images – Caspar Benson)

The flags of two countries hang unfurled – not by a breeze but by metal wiring – on the desolate and eerily still surface of the moon. One is the United States Stars and Stripes; the other, Chinese crimson. But if you ask any official in these countries, they will tell you that these flags do not represent any property claims. They look more like alien graffiti.

But if planting a flag on the moon does not count as a property claim, so what does? And in the end, can anyone really own the moon?

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