National park on moon proposed
July 9th, 2013
07:31 PM ET
9 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. Sonic10158

    That would make for a fun Griswold vacation movie

    July 10, 2013 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  2. Gwiz

    Wow and the sequester just to a huge chunk out of the park services budget. wonder what the entrance fee will be . morons

    July 10, 2013 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Fine it's not Mars but can gingrich and helmet hair be the first ones to go to the moon? Make the ship big enough for them to take the flake, the mutant, any rep from KY and/or Texas and the bo ner in the house.

    July 10, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  4. Terry

    How asinine and stupid! The U.S. does not own the moon! Any attempt to make it a park would be totally illegal under international law. Since the moon belongs to the entire world, only a World Park under the ownership and control of a world body -such as the U.N.-is possible and appropriate. So, our diplomats and State Department better get busy and the politicians need to stay the hell away from such half-ass attempts to colonize the moon and claim turf! We cannot allow greed and insane national ego to be exported off world!

    July 10, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  5. jayman419

    I'm not sure that's something you can enforce from down here, though. You want to protect the lunar landing sites?

    Get up there and rope them off. Build tourism centers near those sites on the moon. Then you have a destination that private companies can work towards.

    July 10, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  6. Peter

    It may sound silly at first glance, but the site of the original moon landing should be protected from any future disturbance.

    It is not only a significant American landmark, but one for all mankind.

    July 10, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  7. Walter Adams

    Come to Lunar Disney for a vacation that's out of this world.

    July 10, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  8. Someone had to say it

    A national park on the moon? It'd have great attractions & culture but not much atmosphere.

    July 10, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  9. frank landa

    ANother great obama plan. A park on the moon. The budget for it will probably be $5Bil a year. Which will go back door to the NSA to spy on conservatives.

    July 10, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  10. Lobo

    Seeing as it's not part of the nation it might be hard to make it at National park...

    July 10, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. ialsoagree

    @frank landa

    Are you serious? "Another great obama plan" when the article clearly details the two representatives who – with absolutely nothing to do with Obama – proposed making these items a national landmark?

    You just can't argue with this kind of stupid.

    July 10, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  12. Doña Lea-Johnson

    Then we can have another excuse to cut Social Security and Medicare. Just tell Granny the U.S. decided a park on the moon was much more important. This country is shameful. I served in the Army for this crap..

    July 10, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Will it fall under the Department of the Interior or the Department of the Exterior?

    July 10, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  14. Josh

    Who do they say we are protecting it from? Martians?

    Meanwhile, in other news, the country is still swamped with trillions of dollars of debt, with no solution in sight. Good work Congress!

    July 10, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. w l jones

    If look closely there not one foot track( print) within five feet of the flag..strange indeed.

    July 10, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    "If look closely there not one foot track( print) within five feet of the flag..strange indeed."
    Well that's because there was a contest between bigfoot and the yeti as to who would plant the flag... but the winner had to wear hover-shoes that were manufactured by the gray aliens at the underground plant constructed by the illuminati. They really wanted the loch ness monster to do it, but as we all know there's no water in the arizona desert where this was all filmed.

    July 10, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Congress might want to decide who owns what before they spend useless time bickering on that which will never become much of anything ... let alone a national "park". Last thing this world needs is moon-related squabbles sparking unrest and territorial one-up-man-ship.


    July 10, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Patti

    They need to focus on bringing the sequester to an end and getting our State Parks reopened, and our National Parks cleaned up, before they want to spend another dime on making a NP on the moon. Every time I think I've heard it all, another politician - from either side - comes up with something equally, or even more, stupid!! It's not a wonder we're the laughing stock of the world.

    July 10, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    Fair is Fair
    Will it fall under the Department of the Interior or the Department of the Exterior?

    LOL, Fair.

    July 10, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Seriously, do some of you even read the entire article? The artifacts, that are built and owned by the US would be part of the Nation Park Property, no the actual lunar surface because it isn't owned by any nation. I see this as a good thing in order to protect what is there. Sure, nothing can really be done about it right now, but to put it in place now makes sense before somebody goes there and destroys it.

    July 10, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Roger

    Well here is another instance of politicians blowing taxpayer money on another "bridge to nowhere" – yep, the taxpayers are paying for the time and money that they are using to support this kind total stupidity.

    July 10, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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