In 1977, Adam Ismail, Mustafa Khalil and Abdullah al-umari filed a lawsuit claiming that they had inherited Mars, (yes the entire planet) from their ancestors 3,000 years ago.
They demanded suspension of all operations on Mars untill the court delivered a verdict. They were upset over the fact that rover sojourner and Pathfinder spacecraft, landed on Mars and started exploring the planet without their approval!
They asked NASA to refrain from disclosing any information about the planet. They wanted NASA to first get their approval before releasing any information about the Mars atmosphere, surface or gravity!
After a good chuckle, NASA news chief Brian Welch told CNN, “Mars is a planet out in the solar system that is property of all humanity, not two or three guys in Yemen.”
1967 treaty holds that everything in the solar system, except earth is the property of everyone in the world and not one country or an individual.
While this news might have been heart breaking for the three men in Yemen. It is a good news for all the space lovers, we have all of the space to ourselves! It is ours to study and understand in all its mystery with a mind full of awe.
Enjoy it while it is free to do so!