1967 Treaty Forbids Use Of Weapons Of Mass Destruction In Outer Space

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Did you know the United Nations Has an Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)? It true and Our Nation States are doing a good job working together – for instance signing a treaty to keep the peace in outer space!

The Treaty On Principles Governing the Activities of States In the Exploration and Use of Outer Space of 1967 , signed at Washington, London, Moscow, January 27, 1967. The treaty specifically forbids The Use Of Weapons Of Mass Destruction In Outer Space!

On the 19th of that month the General Assembly approved by acclamation a resolution commending the Treaty. It was opened for signature at Washington, London, and Moscow on January 27, 1967. On April 25 the Senate gave unanimous consent to its ratification, and the Treaty entered into force on October 10, 1967.

The substance of the arms control provisions is in Article IV. This article restricts activities in two ways:

First, it contains an undertaking not to place in orbit around the Earth, install on the moon or any other celestial body, or otherwise station in outer space, nuclear or any other weapons of mass destruction.

Article IV

States Parties to the Treaty undertake not to place in orbit around the Earth any objects carrying nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction, install such weapons on celestial bodies, or station such weapons in outer space in any other manner.

The Moon and other celestial bodies shall be used by all States Parties to the Treaty exclusively for peaceful purposes. The establishment of military bases, installations and fortifications, the testing of any type of weapons and the conduct of military maneuvers on celestial bodies shall be forbidden. The use of military personnel for scientific research or for any other peaceful purposes shall not be prohibited. The use of any equipment or facility necessary for peaceful exploration of the Moon and other celestial bodies shall also not be prohibited.

Space law governing space-related activities like international law is comprised of a variety of international agreements, treaties, conventions, and United Nations General Assembly resolutions as well as rules and regulations of international organizations. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) works to promote international to keep the peace in Outer Space.

Via: Outer Space Treaty US Department of State,  The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

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