Sneha Padiyath | 16 Oct 2009

 Remember those mushy, romantic novels where the guy would promise the girl the moon and the stars? Well, the stars maybe out of reach for now (but there’s no saying when they just might be) but the moon isn’t for now. Yes, thanks to the efforts of Mr. David Hope, the guy may just be able to fulfill his promise.

Welcome to lunarlandowner.com  - Earth’s oldest , Most Recognised Celestial Real Estate Agency . Here you can actually buy a piece of land on the moon. Unbelievable? Incredible? Impossible? Not really, not if you have the pockets for it.

Talk of being ambitious, this one of a kind real estate agency was established in 1980 by Mr. David Hope who cleverly manipulated the UN Outer Space Treaty of 1967. The treaty stipulated that no government can own a piece of extraterrestrial property. However, the treaty said nothing about individuals and corporations. So, he established the Lunar Embassy in 1980 to sell land property to interested individuals. Though he did inform the General Assembly of the UN, United Nations, the US Government, and the Russian Government in writing of the claim and legal intent to sell extraterrestrial properties, they never contested the claim which gave Hope a chance to copyright his idea and thus making him the most unique estate agent ever in the universe. And it isn’t just Lunar property they sell, they have the legal authority and copyright to sell extraterrestrial property anywhere within the confines of our solar system.

Before you start questioning the credibility of the venture, just take a look at their clientele; two former US presidents, 250 well-known celebrities including 15 main actors from the original Star Trek series, as well as the Next Generation and Voyager series and 30 former and present members of NASA.

You don’t have to worry about any legal issues here as each lunar package comes with its own Lunar deed and other constitutional rights and every other legal document required to settle down on the moon. But really, what is the point of it all?

The advantages as it says on the website is that it’s an investment (?!?!?) and an interesting conversation piece (so?). Also, your name will be forever be dug on the surface of the moon. The Trailblazer, a TransOrbital mission to the Moon, will deposit the names of the property holders listed in the database, on the actual Lunar surface.

But seriously, how impressed would you be to know that a guy owns a piece of land on the moon? Will you be really impressed that he wasted millions on a piece of land that wouldn’t really be of any use to him? If he has so much money why would he not spend it on the thousands starving around the world? You may think this is being preachy but think about it. We haven’t finished what we started on the earth and we have already set our sights on the moon. There are people here every day dying of hunger, thirst and diseases that nobody really cares to find a cure for. Maybe I am being a little harsh here but personally I think this is a colossal waste of money. 

The website may say that it is an investment but it’s not. It’s like playing Farmville on Facebook with real money where you are trading in virtual spaces (in this case here, it is celestial spaces). Its value does not exist in real terms but it is real money which can be put to real use. It exists as a document and what returns do you expect from it? I maybe jumping the gun here but the truth is that the company is making money out of somebody else’s foolishness.

Although it seems right legally, but logically it just doesn’t fit. Who is to say tomorrow countries won’t own pieces of land and other property through corporations? And what is the UN after all? Tomorrow the UN Outer Space Treaty could be modified to suit the needs of the countries.

We need to stop somewhere and we need to stop right here and remind ourselves that there are things bigger than the moon and the stars right here on earth that deserve more attention than a fancy flight into a far way land on a far away planet. Frank Sintara may have sung Fly me to the moon… but I am sure even he would have refused this offer and driven to the nearest planetarium instead.