National park on moon proposed
July 9th, 2013
07:31 PM ET
5 years ago

National park on moon proposed

(CNN) – Yorktown. Independence Hall. The moon?

The site of man's first lunar landing could join battlefields, presidential birthplaces and other major American historical sites on a roster of protected places if two Democrats have their way.

U.S. Reps. Donna Edwards of Maryland and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas have proposed legislation that would designate artifacts at the site of American moon landings as comprising a National Historical Park, citing potential commercial traffic on the moon that could damage the areas.

Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first to walk on the Lunar surface in July 1969.

Subsequent moon flights landed in other areas and equipment from all of the space missions, which ended in 1973, remain on the moon's surface. These include the spidery bottom halves of lunar landers, flags and even a moon car.

"As commercial enterprises and foreign nations acquire the ability to land on the moon it is necessary to protect the Apollo landing sites for posterity; and establishing the Historical Park under this Act will expand and enhance the protection and preservation of the Apollo lunar landing sites and provide for greater recognition and public understanding of this singular achievement in American history," the legislation reads.

The bill specifies that only the artifacts left behind by NASA missions would be included in the park – not the lunar surface itself, which doesn't belong to the United States or any nation.

It also opens the door for corporate donations and contributions from foreign governments to maintain the proposed park.

Both Edwards and Johnson are members of the House Committee on Science and Technology.

Filed under: Democrats • NASA
soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I say we send Gingrich and perry and Bachmann and Cruz and Rubio and lee as our first park rangers and most of the house GOP bafoons to protect our historic site from those pesky Allianz????

    July 9, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. CluelessDems

    Here comes two clueless democratic house members who have nothing better to do than have the almost bankrupt federal government spend time and money on another meaningless activity.

    July 9, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. John

    While we have serious issues at hand like the deficit, rising student loan interest rates, and unemployment, it's good to see our Senators focused on something important.

    July 9, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Dan

    I'm just glad our government isn't wasting their time with silly things.

    July 9, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. davidkerr23

    It'll be the happiest place orbiting earth.

    I just hope no whalers show up.

    July 9, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Palin and Paul might be able to be first GOP bafoons party president and vp of the GOP sponsored moon colony you have my vote and take most of the other GOP with you, sanitarium comes to mind and perry and Cruz and Bachmann to write the tickets and take care of the towing of the illagly parked Allians!!!!

    July 9, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. John

    With all the terrestrial problems we're suffering down here on Earth, that Congress is wasting any effort on this ridiculous bill is just further evidence that we have nothing but idiots serving us in Washington. Are we really in any imminent danger of a foreign state swooping down and messing with our decades old Apollo artifacts?

    July 9, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. BHO_luver_123

    God bless Barack Obama.

    July 9, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  9. g

    how many billions will this cost and who,s pockets will it go in

    July 9, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. CRM

    We're whalers on the Moon...

    July 9, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. William Bresch

    I could see that. I mean Protect whats ours but it would really be cool to be a Space ranger too....

    July 9, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. acedynamo

    Great Idea

    July 9, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Jennifer

    This of course violates some UN treaty that we really don't care about.....

    July 9, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Steve Jones

    All for the plan. Just a couple of notes. Manned lunar flights ended in 1972, not 1973. There are three "moon cars" (aka lunar rovers) on the Moon, from Apollos 15, 16, and 17. Can't believe it's been 40 years; we'll have to somehow get back there to protect our parks.

    July 9, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. sos

    Will National park administration collect $20 fee from the site visitors?

    July 9, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. Don

    Make a national park and award contracts worth millions on upkeep to cronies of the administration. I can see the justification for the money spent now: It is a National Park and enjoyed by billions of people every month – well worth the money spent. LOL

    July 9, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Dwayne Daughtry

    another waste of government time and money

    July 9, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. Kurt

    Don't these guys have more pressing issues to deal with...?

    July 9, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. rgcomega

    stupid is, stupid does.

    July 9, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Brian Nash

    Wow. Can you say "jurisdiction"?

    July 9, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. Former GOP


    July 9, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. JimK2450

    Sounds like a promo ad for the latest Chevy Chase movie: Lunar Vacation

    Either that or the article is just missing its last line: LIVE, FROM NEW YORK, IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!!!

    July 9, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  23. jinglebuddy

    Seriously, this is what our tax money is spent on. Oh no, I do rather like the idea, sure, but is that such an important concern right now? Besides, we just visited there, we don't own it. Nobody should own it.

    July 9, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. icareyetidontcare

    Don't worry, it'll be the first place to be hit by furloughs every time we have budget issues.

    July 9, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. Mark

    First off, no one Nation own the Moon, nor do they own the Earth. That being said, there is no legal recognition of a Nations claim on unearthly claims.
    Second, National Parks were created to preserve the area. I dont see that being a problem.
    Third, who is going to visit?
    Fourth, How much of the tax payers dollars were wasted on this idea?

    July 9, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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