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Gorn
2014-Aug-10, 11:44 PM
Hello. If someone wanted to take a 'one' man trip to Mars..and was able to do so...would it be legal? Suppose that someone had a dream..and people were helping him try to realize it
..but the current wisdom says that it is basically a suicide mission. If a private company and a private individual wanted to try it..and they knew that it most likely was going to
end in failure or death...what is the state of law today. Is such a thing illegal?

I am thinking that there has to be someone out there who would want to do it...and get his name in the history books..before others.

Thanks for any and all responses
Bye
G

swampyankee
2014-Aug-11, 01:20 AM
If they get the clearances to launch, sure. I believe all operational launch facilities are government owned, and it would be kind of hard to sneak in for a surprise launch.

I think that the FAA and EASA have appropriate regs to certify launch vehicles. After that, it would probably come down to showing some level of competence as an astronaut/cosmonaut/taikonaut, and a check to pay for use of the required communication systems.

Jens
2014-Aug-11, 01:47 AM
In most places suicide is not illegal. However, encouraging suicide is, so the people who participated in planning the mission but didn't go could possibly face prosecution.

John Mendenhall
2014-Aug-11, 02:40 AM
Hm. Hm. How about a married couple in their fifties with enough supplies or resupplies to live out a normal life span. Can't see anything wrong with that. After a decade or so, wrap drives will be available, and they can elect to come back.

Gorn
2014-Aug-11, 02:49 AM
Hello. That's 'warp' drives..not really 'wrap' drives..but...hmm....I know what you mean.

Also, yes....you could send people there on the cheap...then 30yrs later when its affordable...they can 'elect' to come back to Earth.
G.

Jens
2014-Aug-11, 03:43 AM
After a decade or so, warp drives will be available

It's more likely that transportation by broomstick will be available in a decade.

Noclevername
2014-Aug-11, 04:53 AM
..but the current wisdom says that it is basically a suicide mission.

The current "wisdom" is, IMO, wrong. Everyone will die whether they stay on Earth or not, so why not go to space to do it?

dannyr
2014-Aug-11, 06:08 AM
There are people who engage in dangerous activities legally all the time (e.g. motosport racing, military). I don't see any problem with it.

Trebuchet
2014-Aug-11, 02:54 PM
You're pretty much describing what these guys (http://www.mars-one.com/) are proposing. Nobody takes them very seriously.

Noclevername
2014-Aug-11, 02:57 PM
You're pretty much describing what these guys (http://www.mars-one.com/) are proposing. Nobody takes them very seriously.

I doubt it's likely to happen, but the OP question is whether it's legal to do it.

publiusr
2014-Aug-11, 09:28 PM
It would be a great way to get out of paying payday loans... :)

Trebuchet
2014-Aug-11, 11:23 PM
I doubt it's likely to happen, but the OP question is whether it's legal to do it.
Ok. Probably. But you might have more trouble finding someone who'd agree to launch you.