Meet the Messiah, the overlord of our solar system, Dennis M. Hope. In 1980 Mr. Hope, broke, unemployed, and going through a divorce, needed a way to make money quick. Too poor to invest in property on Earth, Hope “looked out the car window ... saw the moon, and thought, There’s a lot of property!”1 Ignorant of previous claims to the moon and thinking he had just hit the jackpot, Hope ran to the library, looked up the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, completely misinterpreted the document and decided that he was free to claim ownership to any celestial body in our solar system, which is exactly what he did.
Hope then registered a “Declaration of Ownership” with the San Francisco county offices, claiming himself to be “the omnipitant ruler of the lighted lunar surface” (his spelling, our italics).2 Along with this claim, Hope also outlined his total ownership of the other eight planets in our solar system, all mineral, water, oil, and liquid rights on these planetary bodies, and gave himself “total governmental say as to tenants and governmental entities that wish to negotiate any involvement” with these planetary bodies.3
1 Hope, Dennis. Interview with James Cheadle. Dennis Hope – The Man Who Sells Real Estate on the Moon. Union Features, published on YouTube, 21 October 2014.
2 Pop, Virgiliu. “Is the Moon for Sale?” Chapter 1 in Who Owns the Moon? Extraterrestrial Aspects of Land and Mineral Resources Ownership. New York: Springer, 2009. 9
4 Koebler, Jason. “Meet the Man Who Owns the Moon”. US News and World Report. 25 March 2013. Available from: http://www.usnews.com/news/arti- cles/2013/03/25/meet-the-man-who-owns-the-moon?page=2 [Accessed 1 April 2015]
5 Hope, Dennis. Interview for Union Features.
6 “1967 Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies”. United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). [Accessed 23 March 2015]
8 Pop, 12.
9 Jaggard, Victoria. “Who Owns the Moon? The Galactic Government vs. the UN”. National Geographic News. 17 July 2009. Available from: http://news. nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/07/090717-who-owns-moon-real-estate.html [Accessed 30 March 2015].
10 1967 Outer Space Treaty.
11 Lunar Embassy. Frequently Asked Questions, General Questions : “Can I buy one of the NASA landing sites?”. Available from: http://lunarembassy.com/gener- al-faq [Accessed 27 March 2015].
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