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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Nov 7, 2005 19:49:02 GMT -6
Chinese Company Closed For Selling Land On The Moon
Beijing (AFP) Nov 07, 2005 A Chinese company has had its license suspended after it tried to make money by selling land on the moon, state media reported Monday. The Beijing Lunar Village Aeronautics Science and Technology Co. managed to sell large swathes of pristine lunar property before being shut down, the Xinhua news agency said.
The company, claiming to act on behalf of an entity referred to as the Lunar Embassy in China, charged 298 yuan (37 US dollars) for each acre (0.4 hectare) on the moon, according to the report.
Each lucky new owner of lunar soil was issued a "certificate" that ensured property ownership including rights to use the land and minerals up to three kilometers (1.9 miles) underground, Xinhua said.
Li Jie, CEO of Lunar Embassy, said that 34 clients bought 49 acres (20 hectares) of land on the moon in the first three days after his company became operational last month