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"The point sticks in your head: physics rules. Virtue does not triumph unless the physics allows it."
- Larry Niven

Asteroid Claim Law  
  The legal steps required in claiming an asteroid  

Now that we're going out and landing on asteroids, we might as well start getting the space laws established.

The law of filing on newly discovered asteroids was definite. Two steps were required. First, setting up the proper monuments on the asteroid. Second, filing the requisite affidavits in the Claims Office of Jurisdiction.

Four metal stakes were driven deep into the stone... Then a photograving of claim to title was etched deep within the area bounded by the stakes.

From Jurisdiction, by Nat Schachner.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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