Quigg, Philip W.
October 1958
Foreign Affairs;Oct58, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p95
This article presents the Soviet Union's response to objections that their first artificial satellite Sputnik I infringed on the sovereignty of other nations. A Soviet legal expert wrote that no violation occurred because countries passed under Sputnik as the earth rotated. The expert went on to suggest that the outer atmosphere, like the open seas, belongs to no one, and that freedom of circulation above 15 or 18 miles should be permitted by international law. The propositions drew attention to the fact that space is a realm apart, subject to natural laws of its own, but so far, beyond the reach of man-made laws. The second proposition was directed to a question regarding the extension of sovereignty to outer space.


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