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If a baby is born in space, what is it's nationality?

Asked by rangerr (15673 points ) December 19th, 2009

Hypothetically, don’t get all scientific on me.

So a pregnant woman is on a shuttle to the moon. Either after landing, or mid-trip she has the baby.
For this question, both parents are from different countries.

What is the baby considered?

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Pandora's avatar

It would depend on what space station it was born. If a kid is born in an overseas base it is the nationality of the parents working on the base.

nope's avatar

@rangerr If it’s YOUR baby, maybe Moon Rangerr?

ninjacolin's avatar

the baby is an alien and it needs to be shot down from the sky!!

Cruiser's avatar

I would expect that nationality would default to the mothers nationality.

Corporate_Avenger's avatar

That is a provocative question, although one I have no clue on how to answer. GA anyway.

ragingloli's avatar

It’s Russian, because the Russians were the first in space and thus space is Russian territory.

Parrappa's avatar

It would be a space baby, given free access to roam wherever it pleases. I for one welcome our new space baby overlord.

ETpro's avatar

This is just a guess. This one might go all the way to the World Court id challenged. But it would probably follow the rule that births on military bases overseas follows, the child is the nationality of the government owning the base. So if it’s a moon shot, the baby would be a citizen of the country that launched the vehicle. But what if the baby has parents of different nationalities and is born on The International Space Station? What then? :-)

Corporate_Avenger's avatar

@ragingloli – ~Die commie scum!

anoop66's avatar

I would feel really sorry for the baby!

J0E's avatar

Wookie (but only if it’s born with hair)

rangerr's avatar

@Parrappa Baby overlord… hahahahaha.

Shemarq's avatar

If I was born in space, I’d list my nationality as “outta this world”. Imagine how well that would go over on any government forms or job applications. LOL!!!

cyn's avatar

a spacewalker. SPACECRAWLER!!

Corporate_Avenger's avatar

@Shemarq—“Hello, I’m Klaatu Barada Niktu and I’m here for the 2:30 appointment for the weapons specialist position.”

Buttonstc's avatar

It would have dual citizenship following the precedent set by kids born on military bases.

Therefore he would have dual citizenship of Earth and The Milky Way Galaxy.

Pretty_Lilly's avatar

The baby would be considered “The Man in The Moon”
It would depends of the parent’s nationality (specially the mother’s) just as John McCain is a US citizen even though he was born in Panama.

Fernspider's avatar

Naughty preggo lady on the space shuttle! I fully just imagined a woman giving birth in zero gravity, lol, fun times!

Bagardbilla's avatar

Spaceistani, Universistani, oh I know, Nilistani!
Or even Nietistani.

daemonelson's avatar

@ragingloli I like it

In other news, I’m surprised someone (america) hasn’t tried to claim ownership of space yet.

Axemusica's avatar

Earthling! Since the earth is basically the only place we know of where human beings live.

LeotCol's avatar

I wish that Earth as a whole would become our main origin definition. Though it would seem rather pointless until the aliens come….oh yes…they are coming. But I would say the baby would be the nationality of his/her parents.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

No dodge of the logic, I would say the child would have the nationality of the nation the shuttle was registered of, and the nationality of the parents; which means it could have the nationality of 3 nations, what a coup.

rainbow2's avatar

the baby’s nationality would be of the country that owns the space craft or ship.

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