Who owns space?

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There are many precious minerals in space, but does anyone own it? Is harvesting these resources stealing?

Some people may believe that this is theft as there is no way to legally buy space materials and to illegally gain these materials would quite indefinitely result in backlash from other countries. So, since there is no way to use these materials, what do we do? With a large number of resources at our disposal, a lot of aspects of common life would be greatly improved. But since there is no 'legal' way to benefit from these materials, we kind of have to 'steal them.

Other people might disagree and think that it isn't theft as no one owns them and the definition of stealing is as follows,

steal

verb

gerund or present participle: stealing

1.

take (another person's property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it.

"thieves stole her bicycle"

But since no one owns these resources it shouldn't be classed as stealing because we have no one to get 'permission from.

Overall there are many ways in which taking these materials could be seen as theft but there are also many ways it isn't classed as stealing.

Comments (13)

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_clarinet | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    02 Dec 2019

    Nobody owns space because it would probably cause war and we probably wouldn't know that much about space because the person who owns space might be a bit lazy and if you think about it we might not know much about earth because we learn about earth from space sometimes

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg gregarious_moon | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    02 Dec 2019

    We share our wonderful world as well as our wonderful unerverse. It belongs to us and it’s our responsibility to look after it. It might seem trikey but to me no job is to big

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg helpful_dog | Weston Favell Academy
    02 Dec 2019

    I think that there are a few ways that this can be decided fairly .
    If we were to consider taking the space minerals everyone would want a share of it as their worth would be enormous. A reasonable and fair way to deal with this would be to give everyone in the world a certain amount . Giving it to charities might cause the end of some illnesses , poverty and other worthy causes . But the actual cost of going into space to retrieve these minerals could cost $1bn but a football pitched size asteroid could be home to$50bns worth of minerals , a profit of $49bn so the person who arranged to get it might be entitled to it . But if we do eventually find life in space , wouldn’t we be stealing their property ? How would you feel if some intruders came into your house , took all your things and destroyed everything? Or maybe the leaders of each countries should have a debate for who should have it ? Maybe there should be a public vote . But feuds could start over it . Is it really worth the hassle ? What do you think

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      helpful_dog's comment 02 Dec 2019

      This is an original way of looking at this. Would going into space and taking things be stealing, if there was no life near to these things?

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      1. Hammond School logo excellent_brain | Hammond Junior School B
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 03 Dec 2019

        No as know one owns the property it doesn’t classify as stealing. By taking it’s becoming yours,although there are things to large to suddenly take e.g planets or stars

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_dinosaur | Portobello High School
    04 Dec 2019

    Nobody owns space because it is a natural, beautiful place that you can’t put a price on

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_dinosaur | Portobello High School
    04 Dec 2019

    I think if a bit of space lands on your own property you should be able to keep it as it came onto your land so it’s not stealing but if you somehow go up to space and take a bit of an space rock or something that is damaging the property of space such as if I destroyed a tree and sold it it’s nature and you should not destroy nature

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      passionate_dinosaur's comment 04 Dec 2019

      Interesting formula for deciding who owns what, passionate_dinosaur! What if a piece of space landed on public land?

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  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy free_iceberg | Ormiston Sudbury Academy
    04 Dec 2019

    I don’t believe anyone should own space as its very vast and (even though were not currently aware) there may be other lifeforms, meaning it would be unfair for us to ‘own’ a section of it however lets say a piece of rock from an asteroid landed in your back garden then I believe you should be able to keep and own it as we have not stolen it or purposely destroyed anything in its removal. If it happened to land on an public area I believe that either the person who finds it should be able to keep it or it would be given to the local authorities so they could make a judgement.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School clever_road | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    05 Dec 2019

    I think not even 1 person should be owning space so say an alien killed a tree you still can't rule over space and destroy lets say an asteroid you're taking over space like it's your territory and that's not right.

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  • Hammond School logo courageous_fern | Hammond Junior School A
    13 Dec 2019

    I think that nobody owns space because it was formed way before humans were created so we definitely don’t own it. If we were to take a part of space away that would not be stealing as it doesn’t really belong to anyone but we should not do it because it does not belong to humans either. It is a natural and peaceful place.
    If something landed on a public site, it may belong to that country that it landed in.

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  • Hammond School logo joyous_temperature | Hammond Junior School A
    13 Dec 2019

    There is no rightful owner for space and all of the products that space produce and more things that have been brought down from space that we now rightfully own. And I could now tell you that I think space owns space.

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