Trump has signed an executive order that gives legal rights to companies who wish to extract resources in space
The United States is quickly approaching half a million Coronavirus cases, as the country earns the unfortunate status as the epicenter of of the global pandemic. The American president has decided this is an opportune time to sign an executive order that grants legal protection for companies that wish to mine and extract resources from celestial bodies.
"Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space, consistent with applicable law. Outer space is a legally and physically unique domain of human activity, and the United States does not view it as a global commons." - Executive Order signed by President Trump, 06/04/2020
This follows on from Donald Trump's recent establishment of a 'Space Force' as a sixth branch of the United States Military. Space Force's direction is unclear as of yet, and it remains to be seen whether there is a link between the escalating commercialisation and militarisation of space.