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    Thought this was interesting...


    http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/05/20/space.advertising.reut/index.html

    I am not sure why this link is not working...the article is regarding the banning of billboards in space and some of the effects it could have on our view of space.
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    Quote Originally posted by Jaxspra
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    U.S.: No Billboards in Space
    http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/0...eut/index.html
    Friday, May 20, 2005

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. government does not want billboards in space.

    The Federal Aviation Administration proposed Thursday to amend its regulations to ensure that it can enforce a law that prohibits "obtrusive" advertising in zero gravity.

    "Objects placed in orbit, if large enough, could be seen by people around the world for long periods of time," the FAA said in a regulatory filing.

    Currently, the FAA lacks the authority to enforce the existing law.

    For instance, outsized billboards deployed by a space company into low Earth orbit could appear as large as the moon and be seen without a telescope, the FAA said. Big and bright advertisements might hinder astronomers.

    "Large advertisements could destroy the darkness of the night sky," regulators said.
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    It sounds fairly pointless... even if the FAA achieved a ban on bits of advertising gunk being launched from the US - and i think thats all they could feasibly do... that will just send it all offshore... in this world you can always find a country that will allow something, and so wont we just see lots and lots of multinationals launching their billboards from somewhere other then the US?

    Or does the US claim the space directly above them as their airspace?

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    Maybe the U.S. military can actually get some use out of the billions spent on "Space Defense.' Use the systems to shoot down any advertising over our airspace.

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    Quote Originally posted by BKM
    Maybe the U.S. military can actually get some use out of the billions spent on "Space Defense.' Use the systems to shoot down any advertising over our airspace.
    LOL. LOL. LOL. (10 characters)

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    Quote Originally posted by BKM
    Maybe the U.S. military can actually get some use out of the billions spent on "Space Defense.' Use the systems to shoot down any advertising over our airspace.
    This would be good practice for the future diversion of "bolides" or Near Earth Objects of the kind that probably led to the extinction of the dinosaurs, the danger of which mankind has only recently begun to deal with scientifically. But it's bad enough that you have to go out to a rural area to really see the stars these days; Space billboards would only further blind mankind from grasping how insignificant we are in comparison to the universe and thus how fragile and valuable life on Earth truly is.

    Actually, when I think about it, a coordinated global ban on space billboards is one of the best reasons I could think of for encouraging an eventual world governmental body. A future world government might have to concern itself with shooting down the space billboards of extranational rogue advertising agencies. Every once in a while, the mob would get a billboard up for a casino, or Al Quaida would sneak in an Osama tribute.
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