House Reps Shoot the Moon With Proposal for New National Park

Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.) have introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would create America's first extraterrestrial national park - the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historic park.
July 10, 2013, 2pm PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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"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," reports Kevin Liptak.

"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."

"The artifacts left at the Apollo sites include equipment, impact markings, footprints and vehicle tracks," explains Emi Kolawole in The Washington Post. "The bill would also protect these areas from future mining (a not entirely remote possibility), and calls on the Secretary of the Interior and NASA to submit an application to make the Apollo 11 landing site a United Nations World Heritage Site."

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Published on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in CNN
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