he Outer Space Treaty, formally the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, is a treaty that forms the basis of international space law. The treaty was opened for signature in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union on 27 January 1967, and entered into force on 10 October 1967. As of April 2018, 107 countries are parties to the treaty, while another 23 have signed the treaty but have not completed ratification. In addition, the Republic of China, which is currently only recognized by 17 UN member states, ratified the treaty prior to the United Nations General Assembly’s vote to transfer China’s seat to the People’s Republic of China in 1971.
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler
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