The development of a lunar base will lend itself to cooperative, resource-pooling international efforts. Non-cooperative lunar development efforts by nations on a "go-it-alone'' approach, as done in the past, would be unnecessarily redundant and limited in scope. From a practical standpoint, a cooperative effort between nations will be much more expedient in establishing the first productive lunar base. Also, it is the intention of outer space treaties that space development should be a peaceful effort for the benefit of all people on Earth. To maximize the potential benefits for the people of the Earth, therefore, it is important that as many nations as possible participate in the lunar base effort. The bonus of international cooperation in lunar base planning, construction, and operations is that it has the potential of reinforcing peaceful relations among nations.
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