Pop Culture and Misconceptions
Our lunar neighbor has inspired stories since the first humans looked up at the sky and saw its gray, cratered face. Some observers saw among the craters the shape of a person’s face, so stories refer to a mysterious “Man in the Moon.” Hungrier observers compared its craters to cheese and dreamed of an entire sphere made of delicious dairy products.
While we do not yet have a Moon colony, spacecraft have left lots of debris on the lunar surface, and astronauts have planted six American flags on the Moon. But that doesn’t mean the United States has claimed the Moon; in fact, an international law written in 1967 prevents any single nation from owning planets, stars, or any other natural objects in space.