Lack of rules could turn space exploration into the 'wild west'

International space exploration risks turning from the "the final frontier" to a lawless wild west as more nations and companies set their sights on the stars.

As this new era of space discovery gathers steam, University of Waikato senior lecturer in law Dr Anna Marie Brennan believes the lack of agreed rules around mineral extraction on the moon and other celestial bodies could lead to armed conflicts over ownership between countries and companies.

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