Wwhen a missing companion who walked around the Earth at an altitude of 186 miles was blasted in pieces last month by an Indian missile, it was not just a cloud of debris released from the explosion.
As US and Russian security officials worried whether some of the fragments might be confronted with the International Space Station (ISS), Earth attorneys were furious at court practice.
Can India be sued if the ISS, which costs about 150 billion dollars to be built, has been destroyed or damaged? Where will such a case be examined and on what grounds?
Since the first artificial objects were thrown into space in the 1950s and 1960s, the laws governing what was happening there were …