The Apollo 11 mission was one of the world’s most important achievements. For the first time, man displayed the ability to leave the boundaries of planet Earth and land on the surface of a solar neighbor. In this case, it was only the Moon, but that’s still an achievement the likes of which the world may never see again. Fittingly, two members of the House of Representatives wants to turn the Apollo landing site into a preservation site for future generations of lunar explorers. Representatives Donna Edwards (D-Maryland) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) have introduced a bill to turn the Apollo 11 landing site into a national park. Edwards and Johnson are members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
The proposed park mentioned in the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act (H.R. 2617) would be known as the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historic Park and would be a joint venture of the Department of the Interior and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and would be created within a year of the passage of the bill. The bill also recommends that Lunar Park be submitted to the United Nations for listing in the World Heritage Site list.
The bill maintains that the protection is necessary, not frivolous: “As commercial enterprises and foreign nations acquire the ability to land on the Moon, it is necessary to protect the Apollo lunar landing sites for posterity.”
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