Texas congresswoman wants a national historic park on Moon

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A Texas congresswoman is sponsoring a bill that would establish a national historic park on the Moon.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, is sponsoring a bill along with Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Maryland, in the U.S. Congress that would create the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act. The national historic park would be located at the Apollo landing site.

The bill says the act would protect the historic site, preserve the artifacts from the landing for scientific inquiry and improve the public’s understanding of the Apollo program. According to the bill, the landing site could be in danger as commercial enterprises and foreign nations acquire the ability to land on the Moon.

The bill defines the Apollo landing site and artifacts as “all areas of the Moon where astronauts and instruments connected to the Apollo program between 1969 and 1972 touched the lunar surface.”

NPR reported that several hurdles, including the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, stand in the bill’s way.

The bill has been referred to a committee, but a hearing date has not been scheduled yet.

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