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Elon Musk’s SpaceX colony on Mars won’t follow Earth-based laws

Elon Musk's SpaceX colony on Mars won't follow Earth-based laws

The laws on Mars could be a little spacey.

Elon Musk’s planned colony on the Red Planet will not be ruled by any “Earth-based government” — and will instead adhere to its own “self-governing principles,” according to a report Friday.

The billionaire tech mogul’s SpaceX Mars mission — which will use constellations of satellites to provide an internet connection for the creation of a self-sustaining city on the planet — won’t be forced to recognize international law, according to terms of service of SpaceX’s Starlink internet project, cited by the Independent.

“For services provided on Mars, or in transit to Mars via Starship or other colonization spacecraft, the parties recognize Mars as a free planet and that no Earth-based government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities,” the governing law section states.

Instead, disputes “will be settled through self-governing principles, established in good faith, at the time of Martian settlement,” it notes.

The service terms, however, note that earthlings using the internet on the Earth’s Moon must follow the laws of California.

Earlier this week, SpaceX announced plans to charge $99 a month for a test version of the Starlink internet project on Earth — but admitted that it will likely be spotty at first.

A date for when this out-of-this-world settlement will launch has yet to be set but Musk revealed some details about it at a conference last week.

“This really might come down to: Are we going to create a self-sustaining city on Mars before or after World War 3,” he said at the annual Mars Society meeting.

“The probability of after is low, so we should try and make the city self-sustaining before any possible World War 3.’”


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