Astronauts from the Canadian Space Agency have been warned they face the consequences of breaking the law if they land on Earth in new legislation
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Astronauts have been warned that if they commit any crimes on the lunar surface, they will be picked up in handcuffs when they land on Earth.
New legislation was introduced by the Canadian government as part of the 2022 federal budget and recently tabled in the House of Commons.
Buried deep within the document were new space laws.
And while several sci-fi films depict outer space as a bastion of lawlessness, the same is not true of Canadians exiting Earth’s atmosphere.
It states: “A Canadian crew member who, during a space flight, commits an act or omission outside of Canada which, if committed in Canada, would constitute a criminal offense, shall be presumed to have committed that act or omission in Canada , if so committed on… a flight element of the Lunar Gateway… or on the surface of the Moon.”
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Space law expert Professor Ram S. Jakhu from McGill University, previously told Lawyer Monthly : “Current technological and entrepreneurial developments in different countries indicate that space exploration and space colonization will probably be a reality within a decade or two, when humans return to the moon, venture to Mars and reach distant asteroids .
“Both public and private space stations with space dwellings could soon become commonplace.
“Innovations and advances in space technologies and operations are outstripping the outdated laws that currently exist, so before long there will need to be a set of laws and governance for all contingencies in space, as is the case on Earth, rather than the case -on-case character that addresses topical issues and issues as they arise.
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In 2020, it was announced that Canada would become the second country to have an astronaut fly around the moon aboard the Artemis II crew.
The as yet unnamed crew member is scheduled to launch in 2023 on a mission to orbit the Earth satellite, similar to the Apollo 8 mission in December 1968.
Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian in space, tweeted after the announcement: “Two Canadian astronauts go to the moon! And so forth!”
The Canadian Space Agency is playing a key role in the US-led Lunar Gateway, a new outpost designed to orbit the moon as a way station for space exploration.
The European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are also joining forces for the deep space project.
A Nasa spokesman said: “The Gateway is an integral part of NASA’s space exploration plans, along with the space launch system (SLS) rocket, Orion Spacecraft and a human landing system that will send astronauts to the moon.
“Gaining new experiences on and around the Moon will prepare NASA to send the first humans to Mars in the years to come, and the Gateway will play a critical role in that process.
“It is a destination for astronaut expeditions and scientific investigations, as well as a port for space transportation such as landers bound for the lunar surface or spacecraft bound for destinations beyond the moon.
“NASA has focused Gateway development on the initial critical elements required to support the landing – the power and propulsion element, the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO), and logistics capabilities.”
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