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National park on the moon? U.S. lawmakers say yes


Two House democrats have proposed a bill to establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the moon. The bill was introduced Monday (July 8) by Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland and co-sponsored by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas. According to its sponsors, the purpose of the park is to protect the equipment and artifacts left on the moon’s surface by the Apollo 11 through 17 lunar missions, particularly in light of the anticipated increase in future commercial moon landings. The bill describes the Apollo lunar program as one of the United States’ greatest achievements.

“As commercial enterprises and foreign nations acquire the ability to land on the Moon, it is necessary to protect the lunar landing sites for posterity,” according to the text of the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act, H.R. 2617.

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