Frequently Asked Questions
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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
Where does the
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.
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
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,
Texas Lunar Properties, and
Kope's), and make your own informed decision.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
We currently offer twelve select locations on the
Moon, which you may review by
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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
How can I pay for
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.
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.
Where can I get
a T-shirt or baseball cap with the Lunar Republic flag?
Luna Society Authorized Merchandise from Cafe Press is
clicking here. All profits from sales of flag merchandise goes
to the Lunar Republic Foundation.
Is this website
available in other languages?
Yes. The Lunar Registry website is currently available in
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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