[FPSPACE] Re: Apollo awards
Fri, 29 Sep 2000 14:58:49 -0500 (CDT)
This is enforceable as a matter of law. The inherited property has
a legal encumbrance. It is analogous to inheriting a piece of real estate
with an easement. Enforceability as a practical matter is another issue:
how do you know it was sold? to whom? when? These are the kind of problems
that surround the illegal sales of stolen art, for example.
Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz
Professor, Space Law & Policy
Remote Sensing Law & Policy
Space Studies Department
University of North Dakota
On Thu, 28 Sep 2000, Dwayne Allen Day wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Sep 2000, Robert Pearlman wrote:
> > > Once presented, it cannot be sold or transferred for profit, nor may it be
> > > inherited by anyone other than a family member of the astronaut. If the
> > > award is not inherited or, in lieu of that, has not been transferred
> > > to a museum or nonprofit institution, ownership of the lunar sample
> > > reverts to NASA.
> Can a family member eventually sell it? How enforceable is something like
> I'm very wary of this idea.
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