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Friday, May 20, 2005
  Just when you thought advertising could not get any more intrusive or ever-present.
US moves to ban billboards in space. 20/05/2005. ABC News Online: "The US Government does not want billboards in space.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to amend its regulations to ensure that it can enforce a law that prohibits 'obtrusive' advertising in zero gravity.

'Objects placed in orbit, if large enough, could be seen by people around the world for long periods of time,' the FAA said in a regulatory filing.

Currently, the FAA lacks the authority to enforce the existing law.

For instance, outsized billboards deployed by a space company into low Earth orbit could appear as large as the moon and be seen without a telescope.

Big and bright advertisements might hinder astronomers.

'Large advertisements could destroy the darkness of the night sky,' regulators said."
 
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