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Part IV Outer Space, Astronauts, and Space Objects, 15 The Legal Status of Astronauts

From: Studies in International Space Law

Bin Cheng

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 November 2022

Subject(s):
Airspace — Lex ferenda — Treaties, interpretation
The 1967 Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the exploration and Use of Outer Space (the Outer Space Treaty)2 is the first multilateral treaty to use the term 'astronaut' (Article V(1)). Though used from time to time, the term has not been defined in any of the multilateral treaties on outer space sponsored by the United Nations. It is descriptive rather than technical, and refers to any person who ventures into outer space or who travels on board a spacecraft.3 Soviet practice favours the expression 'cosmonaut'.4 Under general international...
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