Source: American Experience
There was no need for space law before humans put objects in space, but the launch of Sputnik in 1957 caused Americans and nations around the world to become concerned about the potential for maleficence on the part of bad actors.
In 1967, the Outer Space Treaty was signed by the United States, the Soviet Union and 29 additional countries outlining international activity in space.
Today, commercial endeavors and increased space junk are testing the broadness of the treaty.
In “Space Law: The Next Generation,” produced in partnership with Retro Report, American Experience examines the next generation of space law.
Watch “Space Law: The Next Generation” above, and read the story at American Experience.
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