The world needs urgent regulations to prevent ‘Wild West’ space race from spiralling out of control in to WAR, warns British expert who worked on NASA’s Mars mission | Space

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The world needs urgent regulations to prevent the ‘Wild West’ space resources race from spiralling out of control in to war, a British expert who worked on NASA‘s Mars mission has warned.

Several countries have recently set their sights on the Moon, which is a multi-quadrillion-pound hotbed of unearthed riches from rare Earth metals used in smartphones to helium that could perhaps provide an invaluable source of energy.

But there has been unease among scientists about how the moon’s resources are going to be policed after previous attempts to govern it, including the Moon Agreement of 1979, have failed to garner international consensus, with neither the US, Russia or China signing it.

‘At the moment, we don’t really have any rules. It’s almost a free for all,’ Professor Garry Hunt, who worked on NASA’s Voyager and Mars missions, told MailOnline and added: ‘The world urgently needs some firm regulations to prevent a “Wild West” situation.

‘If we don’t get new regulation, it could lead to war. We need to have this really looked at and progress very quickly. We are in dangerous territory.’

Several countries have recently set their sights on the Moon (pictured), which is a multi-quadrillion-pound hotbed of unearthed riches from rare Earth metals used in smartphones to helium that could perhaps provide an invaluable source of energy

This comes after US intelligence services recently highlighted fears that Russian president Vladimir Putin could put nuclear weapons into space, which sources said the Russian leader could potentially use against satellites, rather than dropping onto earth. 

‘It’s very scary from a defence point of view, because anyone who’s got enough money can put God knows what into space,’ said Mr Hunt, who received an OBE for his contributions to space science. 

But new space regulations would need countries to work together globally and an organisation similar to the UN to enforce the rules, he said.

The space scientist added:…

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