The bloke who stole a generation of kids’ time when he developed the Ultima series of games now claims that he owns the moon.
Richard Garriott who is more famous as his ulta-ego Lord British, splashed out some cash and bought a Russian luna rover.
Garriott purchased the former Soviet Union’s Luna 21 lander and the Lunokhod 2 rover for $68,000 at a Sotheby’s space auction in 1993.
Now he is trying to work out determine if owning these devices on the moon entitles him to ownership of the property it rests on.
Last week, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter found Lunokhod 2, sitting clearly on the planet’s surface.
It had thought to have crashed into a lunar wall and been covered by moon dirt. Garriott said that he now had a contemporary photograph of his property on the moon.
“I think I can truly make the only private, legitimate claim to territory – at the very least around my rover and, potentially, along its point of travel…to give me some actual property rights on the moon,” he said.
Garriott is the son of astronaut Owen Garriott. He paid $35 million to go to the International Space Station in October, 2008.
He hopes to personally travel to the moon in the future and calls the private space race the quickest way for people to return to the lunar surface.
Garriott believes an international framework already exists to support his territorial claim.
Garriott thinks his Lunokhod 2 rover deed of ownership will guarantee him to some lunar property rights.
He told Space.com he bought the former Soviet Union’s Luna 21 lander and the Lunokhod 2 Rover for $68,000 at a Sotheby’s space auction in 1993. And now Space.com reports that he is trying to determine if owning these devices on the moon entitles him to ownership of the property it rests on.
He told Space.com that he’s willing to allow future space travellers to pay a parking fee on his property. Of course if someone has got prior claim to the land they could charge him a bomb for parking his hunk of junk on their land and abandoning it.