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Frequently Asked Questions

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· Is my purchase of lunar property legal?
· Where does the money go?
· I saw a man on television who filed a claim of ownership of the Moon with the U.S., the U.S.S.R. and the United Nations in 1980, and that there are loopholes in the U.N. space treaties that made it legal. How can you sell the Moon if he already owns it?
· Do I have to be a citizen of the Lunar Republic in order to own property on the Moon?
· You say that the type of ownership is "fee simple." What does this mean?
· Do I receive mineral rights to the property I purchase?
· How can you sell land on the Moon? The United States was first to land on the Moon, so it belongs to them!
· How can I pay for my property?
· I would like to cancel my purchase. What is the procedure?
· Under what law does the United Nations enforce its lunar treaty?
· The International Astronomical Union (IAU) says that it does not endorse the sales of property on the Moon. How can you sell land on the Moon without their approval?
· What about other companies that sell land on the Moon via the Internet?
· I've already bought my land legally from another organization. Why are you selling the same land?
· The unit of measure for the property on my lunar deed (not acquired from The Lunar Registry) is in "sercas." What is the origin of this term?
· How many acres are there on the Moon? Haven't they all been sold yet?
· How do I ensure that someone else won't claim my property?
· Where can I get a T-shirt or baseball cap with the Lunar Republic flag?
· Is this website available in other languages?


Is my purchase of lunar property legal?
The Lunar Registry operates in compliance with the statutes of the Lunar Settlement Initiative, an international program through which a limited quantity of land claims are offered to private entities in order to finance the exploration, settlement and development of the Moon and its resources. The Lunar Registry is the authorized property claims agent of Luna Society International, the leading advocacy group supporting privatized property ownership on the Moon. The Luna Society is a registered international business company (IBC) which is legally authorized to operate in more than 200 nations around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Russia, Japan and every nation in Europe. For more information on the Lunar Settlement Initiative, please click here.

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Where does the money go?
Your purchase from The Lunar Registry directly benefits the Kennedy II Lunar Exploration Project, widely recognized as the most viable proposal for privatized development of the Moon. Under the terms of the Lunar Settlement Initiative, not less than 95% of the sale price of each acre is placed in an independently-managed escrow account to be utilized "in a manner that shall successfully accomplish the goal of returning humans to Luna." For more information on the Lunar Settlement Initiative, please click here.

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What about other companies that sell land on the Moon via the Internet?
Although there are several organizations which offer lunar property for sale via the Internet, only The Lunar Registry and MoonProperty.Net have been officially authorized by the Luna Society to offer claims to  property on the Moon in order to finance a commercial lunar mission. We encourage you to visit the websites of these organizations (including Moon Shop, Space Dreams, MoonBeam Enterprises, Texas Lunar Properties, and Kope's), and make your own informed decision.

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I saw a man on television who filed a claim of ownership of the Moon with the U.S., the U.S.S.R. and the United Nations in 1980, and that there are loopholes in the U.N. space treaties that made it legal. How can you sell the Moon if "The Head Cheese" already owns it?
He doesn't own the Moon, and we don't claim to own it, either. You can't just write a letter to a government and claim ownership of any body of land anywhere in the Universe. International law doesn't work that way. Rather than making up silly stories, giving ourselves wacky nicknames or trying to find loopholes in the law, we work with international organizations and space law experts to be sure that our property owners will be entitled to legally possess their land. Remember: the only recognized historic precedent in international law for property ownership is actual occupation of that property, not writing a letter to someone who doesn't own it in the first place.

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I've already bought my land legally from another organization. Why are you selling the same land?
The Lunar Registry only offers select tracts of land on the Moon (not random parcels) as designated and authorized by the Luna Society. We would never, under any circumstances, willingly and knowingly offer any property that is already legally owned by any individual. If you believe that your legal rights of ownership have been violated, please contact us for immediate resolution of the conflict.

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Do I have to be a citizen of the Lunar Republic in order to own property on the Moon?
Under a proposed Constitution of the Lunar Republic, only citizens of the republic will be entitled to legally own property on the Moon. While citizenship is not currently mandatory, it is widely believed that a Lunar government will eventually make citizenship a prerequisite to land ownership. Among the goals of the Luna Society is "to further the best interests of our citizen-partners by protecting the natural heritage of Luna and wisely managing the growth and development of its resources and communities."

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You say that the type of ownership is "fee simple." What does this mean?
Fee simple (absolute ownership) is the highest degree of ownership one can hold; simply put, it is the type of ownership that most people are used to. Under fee simple, ownership of the entire property is acquired, including land and improvements. The fee simple owner has full rights of ownership, including selling to others, leasing it, giving it away, and passing it on to others after death.

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Do I receive mineral rights to the property I purchase?
The deed and title you receive for your lunar property includes all mineral rights to a plumb depth of five kilometers below the height of average terrain. This depth may be changed in the future by the citizens and government of the Lunar Republic at the request of landowners.

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How can you sell land on the Moon? The United States was first to land on the Moon, so it belongs to them!
We get asked this one quite often. The United States did, in fact, land the first human beings on the surface of the Moon. However, under the provisions of the United Nations Moon Treaty, the United States did not and could not claim ownership or sovereignty of Luna.

Under the terms of the Lunar Settlement Initiative, we offer limited land claims on the Moon — only about 2% of the entire surface of Luna. We are bound by the terms of LSI to register the property in your name only (or the name of your company), and to collect a nominal fee for processing, recording and shipping your documents to you.

We currently offer twelve select locations on the Moon, which you may review by clicking here.

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Under what laws does the United Nations enforce its lunar treaty?
Through its Moon Treaty of 1967, the United Nations established that its member states could not claim sovereignty on the Moon. This provision of the Treaty, along with the updated Moon Treaty of 1979 (which became law in 1984), led directly to the founding of the Lunar Republic Society, its claim to sovereignty over Luna, and the creation of The Lunar Registry. For more information on this subject, please click here. Please keep in mind that the United Nations is not a government and cannot make laws — only treaties among its members. The UN is solely an organization of nations on Earth, and was created to maintain order among its member states. The UN has no authority to control or regulate activities beyond its own membership.

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The International Astronomical Union (IAU) says that it does not endorse the sales of property on the Moon. How can you sell land on the Moon without their approval?
The IAU is well respected, and rightly so, for the role it plays in standardizing the catalogues of planetary nomenclature and star designations. However, the IAU is not a governmental agency and as such has no authority to govern, make laws or determine sovereignty on any planetary body. The IAU was formed by a group of Earth-based astronomers who decided arbitrarily that no other organization could purchase property or name geographic features on the Moon; their position on this matter has no basis in law as the organization has no authority to create and administer laws.

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The unit of measure for the property on my lunar deed (not acquired from The Lunar Registry) is in "sercas." What is the origin of this term?
As far as we can ascertain, the word "serca" is merely the word "acres" spelled backward, but has no actual meaning and is not a standard term in either astronomy or real estate; it is a made-up word that you won't find in any dictionary or table of measures. The Lunar Registry and other agencies recognized by the Luna Society use commonly accepted units of measure, such as the standard acre (43,560 sq. feet, or 4,047 sq. meters).

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How many acres are there on the Moon? Haven't they all been sold yet?
There are over nine billion acres of land on the Moon. The Luna Society has authorized the offering of about 100-million acres through The Lunar Registry, or approximately 2% of the total land available in order to raise funding for exploration, settlement and development by our citizen-partners under the provisions of the Lunar Settlement Initiative.

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How do I ensure that someone else won't claim my property?
Upon your purchase, your deed and title are immediately recorded by the International Lunar Lands Registry, at which time your claim to the property becomes legal. If at any time another entity attempts to claim your property, The Lunar Registry will immediately enter into proceedings against that claimant to substantiate your legal right of ownership. Conversely, if anyone who has purchased lunar land through another entity believes that their property rights have been violated, they may contact us for immediate resolution of the conflict. For more information on the legal aspects of lunar land ownership, please click here.

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How can I pay for my property?
You can use your MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover or JCB card, your PayPal account, or pay by bank draught or international money order. For customers in the United States, you may pay via electronic check from your business or personal bank account. For more information on payment methods, please click here.

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I would like to cancel my purchase of moon property. What is the procedure?
It's simple! Within 30 days of receiving your documents package, return it to us (postage pre-paid) along with a note requesting a refund. We will refund the full purchase price, less the shipping charge. Please note that we will not accept cancellations on any purchase more than thirty-days after delivery.

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Where can I get a T-shirt or baseball cap with the Lunar Republic flag?
Luna Society Authorized Merchandise from Cafe Press is available by clicking here. All profits from sales of flag merchandise goes to the Lunar Republic Foundation.

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Is this website available in other languages?
Yes. The Lunar Registry website is currently available in Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Italian and Spanish via machine translation. These translations are created by computer simulation in order to provide an approximation of the original English-language text in various local versions.

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