Who We Are And What We Do
We're often asked the same questions regarding who we are and what we do. On this page, we'll take a few moments to provide you with the answers.
What gives you the right to own and sell
How did you receive the copyright to the
What international organizations
recognize your rights to sell the Moon?
Where do the profits go?
The Lunar Republic Society was founded in July 1999 as a legally-chartered
international business company (IBC) dedicated to the future commercial
development of a limited area on Earth's Moon and its corresponding
resources. For decades, scientists, governments and businesses had debated
who might "own" the Moon, with no logical solution. The founders of the
organization, now known as Luna Society International, believed that those most interested in exploring,
settling and developing the Moon should determine its future course,
rather than Earth-based governments or huge multi-national corporations.
The Society determined that one of the best and fastest
ways to raise funds for the organization was to provide low cost "land
claims" for Lunar property. Profits from these sales are to be invested in the
Kennedy II Lunar Exploration Project (K2LX) as well as other viable proposals for privatized exploration, settlement
and development of the Moon that use a safe, low-cost "medium tech"
approach toward permanently inhabiting about a dozen small areas on the
The K2LX Project will involve establishing permanent
human-based settlements on the Moon, and the subsequent development
of scientific research centers, tourism facilities, in situ
resource utilization (for building materials and energy supplies) and
creation of an infrastructure to support the needs of resident property
In addition to raising private funding for this
project, among the other objectives that Luna Society International has
undertaken is a Lunar mapping project that will create a detailed
topographic atlas of the Moon's surface beyond any previously attempted.
The first phase of this project, known as
Moon Atlas™, is also in standard
use in classrooms around the world, from elementary schools to
The design and testing of lunar habitats, a project
which is currently underway, is another key program in which the Society
is involved. We have also taken a leading role in influencing the naming
of craters and other lunar geographical formations through the
International Astronomical Union. To date the Society has
successfully advocated the removal of a crater named for an accused
Nazi war criminal (Crater Eppinger) and sponsored a plan to
name a series of Lunar craters in the Moon's Columbia Basin to honor
the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts.
It is our goal to raise nearly US$3.5-billion toward the
goal of returning humans to the Moon through the sale of about
150-million acres of lunar real estate — or approximately 2% of the
nine-billion acres of available land on Luna.
Much like those early adventurers who sought after the New
World and who later created what is now the United States, we are an
independent organization seeking self-determination for our nation. We
are working with the United Nations and the governments of many nations,
including the United States, China, Russia, Japan and members of the
European community, to bring about the recognition of the Republic as
the legitimate government of Luna.
Ours is not a simple or easy task, but it is one
that we are committed to with every resource available to us. To date,
we have registered nearly one-million people — from nearly every
earthly nation — who have requested their citizenship in support of a
Lunar Republic, in the belief that the goals we have established will be
To answer your question, we do not hold a copyright to
what we are doing; in fact, other groups are also attempting variations
on the same theme, and we encourage you to give them the same scrutiny
as you do us. We have chosen what we believe to be a unique and
innovative approach to the future of the Moon, one that we know is not
perfect, but one that has the distinct potential for developing into a
powerful social and scientific concern.
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