In The Man Who Stole the Moon, a science-fiction novel written in 1949, the main character is obsessed with being the first man to travel to and own the Moon. In Despicable Me, the 2010 animation comedy film, the criminal mastermind Gru plans to shrink and steal the Moon. While these are merely works of fiction, in reality there is one man who didn’t actually steal the moon, but nevertheless owns most of it, all thanks to a flaw in the Outer Space Treaty. Dennis M. Hope spotted a legal loophole in the 1967 treaty, which had no reference to allotting private persons with lands that had no owner. In 1980, he submitted a letter entitled Declaration of Property to the United Nations, but has yet to receive an answer, even after 34 years. With no official refusal, he feels that he is the rightful owner of over 7 trillion acres of extraterrestrial land, whose value reaches over $100 trillion.
It may sound like a prank, but it’s true! You can become an extraterrestrial land owner today. Dennis Hope sold celestial parcels to more than 4 million people, including several presidents, six royal family members, and hundreds of celebrities, raising over $11 million in sales just by marketing the Solar System. He presently owns nine celestial bodies, and anyone can buy a few acres on whichever one they choose.
They say that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, so it’s only natural that they all return there someday. However, what exactly do you get for the money? Spectacular Earth view, absolutely no amenities or facilities, almost no gravity at all, arable only using nuclear power, huge parking space for your spaceship, and green dubious neighbors. Sounds like a bargain. so which one is better? Well, that all depends on how much you’re willing to spend, whether you’d like to see your land through the telescope, the odds of the planet being colonized in the future, and how many light-years are you willing to travel just to set foot on your extraterrestrial parcel. So here is a breakdown of the 5 best celestial bodies to buy land on.
Temperatures tend to reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit at noon, but they say it’s dry heat so it must be bearable. Plus, it comes with a nice view of both the Sun and the Earth. The smallest and closest to the Sun out of all eight planets in our Solar System, Mercury revolves around the fire globe much faster than other planets, which means that days go by more quickly. Due to the lack of atmosphere and extreme temperatures, it does not have the same colonizing potential as Mars or Venus. However, it seems they found water in the form of ice at the north pole, so there’s still hope.
The idea of building a base under the surface in the polar regions has crossed many minds. The planet’s soil abounds in helium-3, which would provide clean nuclear energy for many other extraterrestrial colonies and Earth, so it’s probably a good idea to get your hands on a few acres in case they do colonize it sometime in the future. One acre is sold for around $100, but so far few missions have targeted Mercury due to the Sun’s gravitational field drawing spaceships into a trap.
The closest planet to Earth, and the second planet to the Sun, Venus is the second brightest object on the sky after the Moon. It is “only” 26 million miles away from the surface of the Earth at minimum conjunction. No man has ever landed on Venus, and as a matter of fact, it is considered impossible for human beings to survive on the planet due to its thick clouds storing the Sun’s heat, making it much hotter than Mercury, with a surface temperature of around 890 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, the atmospheric pressure is 100 times than on Earth, and there are frequent sulfuric acid rains. So it’s hard to imagine how anyone could ever live there. Although, they do say that women are from Venus, so maybe we need a woman to figure out a solution.
Named after the Roman goddess of beauty, love, and fertility, poets have always been drawn to the bright star, often called Earth’s twin thanks to their similarities in size, mass, and gravity. However, are these reasons enough to colonize it? Until we find an answer, one acre of land on Venus is only $112, and the package includes a Venutian site map showing you where your land is located on the planet, and a Venus Deed with your name on it, which you can pass on to your heirs in case they decide to move there.
Jupiter’s innermost moon out of its four giant natural satellites, Io is a little larger than Earth’s Moon. Discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610, Io is the most active volcanic body in our Solar System. Yet, it could be a target for a human colony in the future, as it presents much more potential than other planets. It is believed that it would be quite easy to colonize Io thanks to the presence of geothermal energy. However, temperatures near the volcanoes can reach 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, keeping the satellite’s lava liquid, which is simply unimaginable, while the rest of the surface ranges around -202 degrees Fahrenheit, making Io a moon of both fire and ice. An acre of land on Io sells for only $80, mainly due to the distance, as Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in our Solar System. Who knows, maybe you’ll become rich in the future selling rights for geothermal energy exploitation sites.
The fourth planet from the Sun, Mars is “only” 33.9 million miles from Times Square if you decide to head there for the weekend. Also called the Red Planet, because it often looks reddish in the night sky, it is characterized by extreme temperatures due to its incredibly thin atmosphere, resulting in 800 degrees Fahrenheit during daytime, and -100 degrees Fahrenheit during nighttime. It boasts gigantic canyons, dwarfing the Grand Canyon, huge volcanoes, and lava plains. There’s ice both at its north and south poles, and it’s very likely that running water did exist a long time ago, as dry river beds have been identified.
Since 1995, Dennis Hope sold 325 million acres of land on Mars. You can buy an acre for $135. Prime sites include parcels near Olympus Mons, the biggest volcano in our Solar System. However, there are certain places that cannot be bought, such as the famous Face on Mars and the Pyramids on Mars, which Dennis Hope feels should remain the goods and heritage of all mankind. Companies are willing to drop $160 billion to sponsor human missions to Mars and setting up a colony, so buying land on Mars could prove profitable in the future, if not for you, maybe for your grandchildren.
1. The Moon
Dennis Hope claims that land on the Moon is the most profitable, as any owner can see his or her lot through a simple telescope, which is why the businessman only sells parcels on the bright side of the Moon, the one facing the Earth. He wants to keep the Moon accessible to anyone, and he even turned down an astronomical offer from a businessman willing to pay $50 million for the entire northern hemisphere of Earth’s satellite.
The smallest lot is one acre. The biggest is the size of a continent, 5.3 million acres, and costs $13.331 million. No such parcel has been sold just yet, but many 2,000 acres lots have. Since 1995, Dennis Hope sold 611 million acres of land. The biggest property ever sold measures 2.66 million acres, and so far 7.5% of the Moon has been sold. One acre of this extraterrestrial land is sold for $145. Celebrities like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Nicole Kidman, George Lucas, Tom Hanks, and American presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and George W. Bush have purchased parcels on the Moon. There are currently over 5 million owners of land on the Moon’s surface, but keep in mind that the Apollo landing sites are not for sale. Covered with craters and mountains, there is no air. However, recent studies show that there is water in the craters, and against all odds, there are many who believe that a city on the Moon is very likely to take shape in the near future.