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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Astronauts

Vladlen S Vereshchetin

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 July 2021

Subject(s):
Spacecraft, satellites, and space objects

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 From the advent of manned space flights, their international legal regulation has been legitimately concerned with the need to enhance by legal means the safety of astronauts, both in flight and in the case of emergency landings. This concern is clearly reflected in the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (‘Outer Space Treaty’), in the Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space...
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