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. porkchops

    This is what our tax dollars are paying for. Next!

    July 9, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. innersixx

    Until millions can visit the moon every year you dont need to worry about protecting it, or NASA equipment. It's the moon.

    July 9, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Michel

    So is the US officially claiming the moon as its sovereign territory? Thanks a lot from the rest of the human race. You landed on the moon deploying the sum total of human scientific achievement.

    July 9, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Mary E.

    How can we claim this as a US National Park. Last time I checked, we don't own the moon. I do like the idea of protecting the landing sites as historical.

    July 9, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. 1nd3p3nd3nt

    doesn't belong to anyone YET

    July 9, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. Eric B

    Id be fine with that except i think international law declares that no country my claim ownership of the moon as it is the property of all mankind?

    July 9, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. larry simpson

    what about all the equipment left in all the wars we fought. are those national parks as well?

    July 9, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. Roger

    Only a couple of Democrats could come up with this one.

    July 9, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  9. another stupid idea

    A new national park at the same time they have been defunding the park service for years on end? Were they at the bar when they passed the sequiestor that further gutter the park service. Why do we pay these people when they do not even know what they are doing. And no, Yosemite brought to you by coke, or disney is not a good idea in any way. Put down the bong boys.

    July 9, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. WWO

    How is a national park possible on land the United States doesn't own?

    July 9, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. WWO

    My apologies, I misread. Still, it seems weird.

    July 9, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. Bobjackson

    I can't believe, with the state of the world these days, that our representatives don't have better things to spend their time and resources on. Whoever these jokers are should be voted out. Priorities, people, please.

    July 9, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. Mike

    Yo Donna and Edddie, why don't you pass some legislation that would actually help Maryland, Texas, the United States and mankind in general instead of something that is a waste of time money and the paper its written on. This is nothing but a waste of time feel good gesture that you don't have a prayer of enforcing.

    Get with the program or please get out of office.....

    July 9, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  14. barbequebob

    Given its record, the first thing the National Park Service would do is build roads, parking lots, and hot dog stands. It really does not preserve and protect, it only pretends to.

    July 9, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  15. ME

    So they're going to make a Hollywood Studio a National Park?

    /i keed, I keed

    July 9, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  16. Steve

    Makes me wonder how they're going to enforce whatever legislation they enact.

    July 9, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  17. G2

    Great. More "feel good" legislation that does nothing to address a single problem in America today. How about some ligislation to bring jobs back from China?

    July 9, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. S. B. Stein

    Let us see how happy other countries will be when we open a national park on the moon.

    July 9, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. lunarrover

    Hmmm... It's going to be hard to enforce if the park rangers have to buy a commercial ticket to go to their job site. You government guys have no plans to go back to the moon you know! Will you send Robo Cop?

    July 9, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  20. lunarrover

    Oh...I can send a drone strike!

    July 9, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. danlinebarger139

    National Park on the Moon? The U.S. cannot even place a man in orbit on it's own right now and they are talking about a national park on the Moon....pleeeezzzeee. Maybe they are right in wanting to protect it with legislation. Words are all were going to get to the Moon. With the manned space program the way it is now others will be back there long before the U.S. is. Maybe we would get motivated it China went there and "accidentally" knocked over the American flag as they were enjoying our National Park.

    July 9, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. AceGirlshusband

    Will the Golden Eagle Pass cover that one?

    July 9, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  23. Realist

    The Chinese will land at those sites and bring all our stuff back to be destroyed..

    A thousand years from now, the Chinese will be known as the first humans to walk on the moon. The USA will be completely forgotten.

    July 9, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  24. Realist

    Eddie Bernice Johnson is the modern re-inventor of Gerrymandering.

    In the mid nineties, the democrats controlled Texas and she was allowed to redraw her district's lines. Her district ended up looking like a three legged spider. She included the homes of 3 Republican house members into her new district via road width boundaries going from her district to their residences.
    The democrat leadership thought it was soooooo funny. Not anymore.

    July 9, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Do it now before Donald Trump buy's it and turns it into a giant billboard

    July 9, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
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