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Virgiliu Pop (born in 1974) is a Romanian space lawyer and author. He has claimed ownership of the Sun in order to make a point about extraterrestrial property rights claims that he argues are bogus.[4] He has asserted that the Moon is a "commons", but also predicts that this status wouldn't last if lunar exploitation were to become practical.[5][6]

Virgiliu Pop
Virgiliu Pop

ResidenceTimișoara, România
OccupationResearcher for the Romanian Space Agency, Space lawyer, Author[1]
EmployerRomanian Space Agency
Known forRomanian Space Lawyer, Author, ROMars Mission[2]

He works for the Romanian Space Agency and is publicly active in promoting space efforts in Romania.[7]

List of worksEdit

  • Pop, Virgiliu (2009). Who Owns the Moon?: Extraterrestrial Aspects of Land and Mineral Resources Ownership. Space Regulations Library. Springer. ISBN 978-1-4020-9134-6.
  • Pop, Virgiliu (2006). Unreal Estate – The Men who Sold the Moon. Cornwall, UK: Exposure. ISBN 1-84685-095-9.
  • Avocatul Poporului – Institutie fundamentala a statului de drept: (ISBN 973-96412-8-8) a book about the ombudsman institution 1995
  • Orizont Interior: (No ISBN) a poetry book 1992


  1. ^ "Virgiliu Pop". Speakers. TEDx Timișoara. February 19, 2011. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "PRIMA MISIUNE ROMÂNEASCĂ PE "MARTE". Povestea celor şase români şi a robotului Grivei care au uimit NASA – GALERIE FOTO" (in Romanian). Gandul. February 17, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "Speaker Photos". TEDx Timisoara Conference. March 2, 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  4. ^ Virgiliu Pop (May 6, 2002). "Lawyer "Claims" Ownership Of The Sun". Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  5. ^ Clive Thompson (December 13, 2009). "Lunar Legalism". New York Times. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  6. ^ Robert Roy Britt (February 2, 2004). "Could lunar real estate spark a future war?". MSNBC.
  7. ^ Ştefan Both (June 29, 2011). "Bănăţeanul Virgiliu Pop promovează Spaţiul Cosmic" (in Romanian). Adevărul. Retrieved July 12, 2011.

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