British Doctor Is Trying To Claim Mars By Firing Laser At It
There is a lot to unpack there, isn't there.
Dr Phil Davies, 55, says he is fighting the 'erosion' of space laws by spending most of his evenings pointing his high-powered laser into the sky from his garden.
He claims that current space laws allow anyone to claim planets, with UN regulations stating to claim part of a planet you have to show you have taken measures to make it ready for 'sustained use' - in other words, to live on.
Dr Davies says that by pointing his massive beam onto Mars' surface, a small number of CO2 particles are released there.
He says by doing he is effectively 'creating an atmosphere' on Mars making it slightly more habitable - which means he can claim ownership of it.
The former RAF Medical Officer says he is concerned about the possibility of the weaponisation of the orbital space around Earth, particularly nuclear weapons in space.
He says he chose Mars because it was close enough for his laser to have a direct impact on, however small.
His laser is 5,000 milliwatts - 10,000 times stronger than those annoying lasers kids always seem to get their hands on.
The laser Dr Davies has travels 86.277 million km to Mars and takes between three and four minutes to get there when the planet is at its closest.
Now he's taking his fight through the High Court, The Court of Appeal and the European Court Of Human Rights.
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The aim of his campaign is to push for an update to the Outer Space Treaty to protect its current prohibitions against nuclear weapons, while allowing for planets to be exploited and mined.
He said: "This the only legitimate method to successfully claim land on Mars.
"Space law is being eroded and it shouldn't be. I'm not a tree hugger, I want countries to mine space but do it responsibly.
"The most exciting point for the public is the fact that I now have a technically correct claim to Mars that is filed with the UN."
So far, he claims he's signed up 151,000 people from all 195 recognised nations to back his plan.
He has divided the planet up and all his backers technically own 22 square km of Mars each.
But Dr Davies ensured: "There's plenty more available."
He added: "I don't think I'm over-promising when saying if you want to join us and provide your child with Martian land that's a real hope."
To take his claim to the UN, he needs backing from a nation and is trying to force the British authorities to help him.
Sadly though, he says they have so far refused, though he is trying to force the UK to back him by making appeals in the High Court, The Court of Appeal and European Court Of Human Rights.
Despite his lack of success so far, Davies claims: "The great great great grandchildren of those people who join us now can honestly expect to either get a big chunk of land on Mars or a massive pay off from big mining corporations and governments. That's now a fact."
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