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A vacation to the Moon may no longer be a far-off pipe dream for Americans (at least those with plenty of money in the bank). Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, has previously announced plans to prepare to send private citizens into space by late 2018. And citizens of Earth—including the legal community—are wondering what comes next.

This is because, at the moment, it’s not completely clear which commercial laws govern space or what regulations companies and their in-house attorneys have to follow there. Most of the space law that does exist deals with government and military activities, not commercial activity. And the laws that do address businesses in space mostly deal with satellites, not full-fledged space tourism or, say, asteroid mining.

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Caroline Spiezio

Caroline covers the intersection of tech and law for Corporate Counsel. She's based in San Francisco. Find her on Twitter @CarolineSpiezio.

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