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The Moon and the other celestial bodies of the solar system contain a vast amount of natural resources. These resources can be removed by their original location and utilized to produce energy both in situ and on Earth once brought to the planet. The Outer Space Treaty, which represents the most important legal instrument of the system of space law and which establishes principles applicable to all activities to be carried out in the space environment, does not contain any specific reference to the use of space resources. The provisions of the Moon Agreement, whose purpose was to regulate the use for scientific and commercial purposes of lunar and other celestial bodies' resources, lose relevance when applied to the exploitation of extraterrestrial materials. The most valuable resource contained on the Moon is Helium-3. This chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organized.

Keywords: celestial bodies; Moon agreement; natural resources; space law



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