Yemenis Claim Ownership of Mars
Thursday, July 24, 1997; 11:09 a.m. EDT
SAN`A, Yemen (AP) -- Three Yemeni men claiming
ownership of Mars have filed a lawsuit against
the U.S. space agency NASA for invading the red
planet, the weekly Al-Thawri reported Thursday.
It said Adam Ismail, Mustafa Khalil and
Abdullah al-Umari presented documents to
Yemen's prosecutor general which they said
proved their claim.
``We inherited the planet from our ancestors
who had lived on it 3,000 years ago,'' the
Arabic-language paper quoted the men as saying
in one of the documents.
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space
Administration's Pathfinder spacecraft landed
on Mars July 4. Its Sojourner rover has been
exploring the planet and sending back photos
and data for analysis.
``Sojourner and Pathfinder, which are owned by
the United States government, landed on Mars
and began exploring it without informing us or
seeking our approval,'' the men said.
The men demanded the immediate suspension of
all operations on Mars until the court delivers
a verdict. They also requested that NASA
refrain from disclosing any information
pertaining to Mars' atmosphere, surface or
gravity before receiving approval from them or
until a verdict is reached.
=A9 Copyright 1997 The Associated Press
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