Here’s how it starts. . .claiming a piece of ground for one nation. . .
“The next person to set foot on the moon needs to watch their step.
NASA has reached an agreement with the Google X Lunar Prize competition to prevent the next wave of moon visitors from ruining historic lunar sites.
The guidelines would also protect existing scientific experiments from getting trampled underfoot by the guests vying for $30 million in prize money.
“NASA and the next generation of lunar explorers share a common interest in preserving humanity’s first steps on another celestial body,” the space agency said in a news release.”
*Update, September 8, 2013: Bill introduced to protect AMERICAN lunar landing sites (Space.com)