According to the Outer Space Treaty, any countries that establish a permanent presence on the moon will have to solicit international cooperation in their endeavors, never claiming sole ownership of any territory. So far, space programs have been making their plans in this spirit. "Bush hasn't indicated that he would want a potential moon base to be only for U.S. use," Chase says. "Moon base plans will stay within the bounds of the Treaty as long as they don't exclude involvement from other countries." An expert in space law who declined to be named (due to ongoing legal wranglings concerning just these space property-rights issues) confirms Chase's instincts, stating that the Treaty allows national exploration only if other states have open access to the territory and are encouraged to cooperate in any scientific investigation. He points out, however, that current legislation is murky when it comes to defining private citizens' land-owning rights: "There's still a question right now as to whether restrictions on governments owning outer space property are going to apply to individuals." So while the legitimacy of a moon real-estate deed signed by Dennis Hope is questionable at best, there's still a chance that Tycho condo could become reality a few decades down the line. You can keep dreaming, anyway.