A German man (Martin Juergens) claims the Moon has belonged to his family since 1756, when the Prussian King presented it to his ancestor as a symbolic gesture for services rendered. It was decreed the Moon would pass to the youngest born son.

Extraterrestrial real estate

Chilean lawyer Jenaro Gajardo Vera became famous for his 1953 claim of ownership of the Moon.

Martin Juergens from Germany claims that the Moon has belonged to his family since July 15, 1756, when the Prussian king Frederick the Great presented it to his ancestor Aul Juergens as a symbolic gesture of gratitude for services rendered, and decreed that it should pass to the youngest born son.

A. Dean Lindsay made claims for all extraterrestrial objects on June 15, 1936, and sent a letter to Pittsburgh Notary Public along with a deed and money for establishment of the property. The public sent offers to buy objects from him as well. He had previously made claims on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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15 thoughts on “A German man (Martin Juergens) claims the Moon has belonged to his family since 1756, when the Prussian King presented it to his ancestor as a symbolic gesture for services rendered. It was decreed the Moon would pass to the youngest born son.”

  1. CheapCulture

    Too bad, I already gave it to my girlfriend in seventh grade.

  2. I_Like_Ginger

    What belongs to anyone is dependent on their ability to enforce their ownership over it.

    Good luck Juergens. I’m rooting for you.

  3. egnards

    Can we see proof that the Prussian King owned it in 1755? I’ll accept this as canon if we can prove the Prussian King had true ownership.

  4. barath_s

    > Gregory W. Nemitz claimed ownership of Asteroid 433 Eros, on which NEAR Shoemaker landed in 2001. His company, called “Orbital Development”, issued NASA an invoice of $20 for parking the spacecraft at the asteroid. NASA declined to pay, citing the lack of legal standing.

    I think I’m going to claim the patch where the [Lunar Module](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Lunar_Module#Specifications) descent stage from Apollo 11 stands and charge NASA for parking. That’s over 50 years of parking fees now.

  5. EndoExo

    If Crusader Kings has taught me anything, the moon is going to have some serious problems using ultimogeniture.

  6. the_drew

    Yeah but does he have a flag?

  7. flippythemaster

    I thought it belonged to Donna Reed after Jimmy Stewart threw a lasso around it

  8. Maenethal

    You losers can keep the moon. I own the sun, and you better be thankful I’m not charging for it’s use.

  9. BallsDieppe

    I gift my neighbour’s car to the first person who responds. It’s a Hyundai, so don’t get your hopes up.

  10. jsxgd

    It’s not the same moon, obviously. That’s impossible.

  11. barath_s

    > Article II of the [Outer Space] treaty states that “outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means

    So the concept of private ownership of the entire Moon where the private party is not subject to national laws of sovereignty is a tough one ..

    There is a separate [Moon treaty](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Treaty) that forbids private ownership, but it hasn’t been ratified by any country that can send a human to space.

  12. kokoyumyum

    Sorry, Tramp gave it to Lady.

  13. Dendad1218

    To bad it wasn’t the king’s to give.

  14. goddamnitmf

    Queen serenity would like a word with you

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