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Comment Re:Call centers in space... (Score 4, Insightful) 153

No, we are cooperating with the Indians because they are the natural opponents of two of our probable future oppoenents: China and Pakistan. Pakistan is most likely to be the source of an islamic nuclear bomb, and China is on track to become a true superpower to contest the US like Russia did in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
This is Machiavellian geopolitics. Having a friend on the Asian continent will be useful much like having Israel for a friend in the Mid-east.

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MarkWhittington writes: "With all the talk of the commercialization of space, very few people are discussing a potential stumbling block that has to be dealt with before humans return to the Moon. Under the Outer Space Treaty, drawn up in the mid 1960s, it is very nearly impossible to own anything on any celestial body such as the Moon. There is no body of international law, readily accepted by most nations, that even governs private ownership of land, mineral rights, or even human built infrastructure on the Moon or any other body in the Solar System."

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