Two U.S. representatives have submitted a bill called the “Apollo Lunar Legacy Act.”
“Just this month, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives — Donna Edwards (D, Md.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D, Tex) — took steps to do that, introducing H.R. 2617, the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act, which would extend the protections afforded to officially designated historical parks to all six Apollo landing sites, preserving the artifacts and regulating access to prevent their destruction. The act would also seek World Heritage Site status from the United Nations for the Apollo 11 landing area particularly. All of this would be overseen by the Administrator of NASA and the Secretary of the Interior.”
Science.Time thinks it’s a great idea.
So does Space.com
Daily Kos, not so much
As I said in one comment, this may be a “giant step” in the right direction, but is also misdirected and flawed in many ways. Note the “World Heritage Site” for American landing sites (and debris) all overseen by the American Government. Notice any problems with that? Here’s how upside down and backwards this is:
“Not later than 1 year after the establishment of the Historical Park, the Secretary, in consultation with the Administrator, shall submit the Apollo 11 lunar landing site to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for designation as a World Heritage Site.”
If I lived in Nairobi or Beijing or London or Buenos Aires I might wonder, Will we one day look up at The Moon, Our Moon, and find it has become Their Moon, the American Moon? I might reflect on the history of exploration, discovery and colonization and wonder, Is this happening again? America claiming territory for its own. . .and this time, a beautiful wilderness circling over all nations, all people, all the Earth?
We need leaders in Science and Politics who understand how critical these questions are for all of us. Sure, protect those toxic sites we have already littered around the moon, but don’t make the mess in the Wilderness any worse, or claim any land for One Nation, One Company, One Agency, over any other. The Moon belongs to All of Us. . .and None of Us!