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A national park on the moon? Fire up the minivan!

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(Read caption) People ride the Luna Park Swing Ride as the supermoon rises on Coney Island, June 22. Two lawmakers are proposing a moon-based national park to preserve Apollo artifacts.

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Two US lawmakers have filed legislation that would establish a US national park on the moon.

No, we’re not making this up. Democratic Reps. Donna Edwards of Maryland and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas are proposing a moon-based Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park.

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

Load up the minivan, kids! We’re skipping the Smoky Mountains this year. Go now – there aren’t many rest stops on the way.  

Sorry. Getting back to reality, both lawmaker sponsors are members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. They say that setting up a moon national park would preserve artifacts left on the moon’s surface and provide for “greater recognition and public understanding of this singular achievement in American history.”

They’re proposing that NASA work with the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service to manage access to, provide interpretation of, and help historically preserve all areas where astronauts and instruments connected with the 1969-72 Apollo space program touched the lunar surface.

The bill would also allow the US to accept private and international donations to help pay for this huge project, and it would require the Department of the Interior to apply to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for designation of the park as a World Heritage Site.


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