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The conquest of space has barely begun. Yet the law of space, instead of lagging behind the astronauts as some lawyers fear, is threatening to outfly the attraction of the earth's gravity. Before legal speculation reaches escape velocity, we should perhaps remind ourselves of the specific problems that may confront us soon, the earthly origin of much of our law, and the earthly ways in which for some time we shall have to continue to think about law in outer space.

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