A national park on the moon would preserve lunar landing site

Should we declare the Apollo 11 landing site a national park before Buzz Aldren puts a hotel and a plaque up there? Photo: Super Moon / Jacquie Kubin

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2013 ― Legislators are moving to protect the moon.

“Establishing the Historical Park under this Act will expand and enhance the protection and preservation of the Apollo lunar landing sites and provide for greater recognition and public understanding of this singular achievement in American history,” reads H.R.2617, a bill jointly submitted by the two representatives on Monday.

Finally we have at lest two representatives really thinking. Rep. Donna Edwards from Maryland and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson from Texas floated the idea to create a National Historical Park on the surface of the moon. No matter what you think of the idea, we can classify this idea as “far-out.”

As always, there are some questions that need to be answered before making this leap into outer-space recreation. For example, who would be put in charge of administering this operation? The Department of the Interior, which oversees parks, seems to have their hands full trying to keep the parks open and running and providing the public with safe clean parks. Will they have a crew that is moon-ready in case of a forest fire?

One of the first things will be to establish some sort of security and law enforcement. There will surly be a rush on artifacts left behind by Apollo landing missions. You know how tourist are: Stick it in your pocket and take it home, no one will see.

The law would probably require that the Department of the Interior submit the original Apollo 11 landing site to the United Nations as a world Heritage Site, which  would surely be a fly-in-the-ointment. In that case, it would no longer be a National Park, but a World Park leading to a war over oil, if they ever find any. 

Another question is just how many of us could afford to take a trip to the moon? 

One thing for sure, a two weeks vacation is out of the question, and how many of us get a two year vacation?

A trip to the moon would require some careful planning. For instance, you would have to pack some very heavy clothing, and find a way to take water, as water is not very plentiful on the surface of the moon. 

Other things to remember are prescriptions drugs, plenty of sun screen and clean socks and underwear. If you forget, you could order on line, but the delivery will be slow.

Voting would also be a problem, by the time your vote was counted, it would be another election time, and even at that it would have to be an absentee ballot, and it may also be printed in some Lunar language.

Let’s give Rep. Edwards and Rep. Johnson credit for their effort in this endeavor and wish them well. It’s a golly good idea, but at the present let’s not make any plans on taking the trip. It would be out of this world, but I’d pass for now.

It seems we have more pressing issues at hand, but if this bill does pass at some point, I will be more than happy to see them off to the moon. Pease bring me back an artifact of some sort.

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