In order to avoid any misunderstanding, let it be said at the very outset that space law, as it now exists, is not an independent legal system. It is merely a functional classification of those rules of international law and of municipal law relating to outer space, natural or man-made objects in outer space, spacemen, and man's activities in outer space. In our present discussion, we are in fact concerned only with those rules of public international law which, by defining the legal status of outer space, space objects and spacemen, provide the international...
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