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When Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong declared "We came in peace for all mankind" while standing on the moon in July 1969, he wasn't just expressing his personal sentiment. As our guest on this episode of the Sauropodcast will explain, it’s an expression of international space law. The 1967 agreement known as the Outer Space Treaty, signed by the United States, the Soviet Union and more than 100 other nations, requires that the moon and other celestial bodies only be used for peaceful, non-military purposes. The treaty also forbids any government from laying claim to a moon or planet, and says that space exploration must be done to benefit all countries. A lot’s changed since 1960s. Multiple nations, and now commercial companies, are launching spacecraft. More than 1,400 satellites currently orbit Earth. Space tourism, asteroid mining, and lunar and Mars outposts are all on the horizon. All of those activities need regulation, and sometimes the mediation of conflicts. That’s where the field of space law comes in. Our guest, Mark Sundahl, is an international scholar, lecturer and educator on the subject. He’s an Associate Professor of Law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Professor Sundahl serves on various space law advisory and policy-making groups, including the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and the Federal Aviation Administration's International Space Policy Working Group. Professor Sundahl also is director of Cleveland State University’s new Global Space Law Center. The center will help train the next generation of space lawyers, formulate laws and policies that promote the peaceful use of space, and assist the growth of the commercial space industry.

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