National Space Society (NSS), a pro-human-spaceflight organization, has announced it supports President Trump´s executive order that empowers commercial and international partnerships for the use of space resources, the society said.
The executive order also reaffirms the right of US citizens to engage in commercial mining resource extraction activities in space and declares that these activities are consistent with the Outer Space Treaty of 1967. It notes that the US is not a party to the 1979 Moon Agreement, which would hamstring commercial utilization of lunar and other celestial body resources.
The executive order makes it clear that the US sees a clear pathway ahead to off-Earth mining, resource extraction and utilization, without the need for new international treaties. These activities will serve to open new opportunities for investment in the private sector, as well as enabling new partnerships between NASA, private industry, and international space agencies and private operators.
The National Space Society was founded in 1987 via a merger of the National Space Institute, founded by NASA´s Wernher von Braun, and the L5 Society, based on the work of space settlement pioneer Gerard K. O´Neill.