Congresswomen propose making moon a national park

Congresswomen propose making moon a national park

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Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin poses next to the U.S. flag July 20, 1969 on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. (Photo by NASA/Liaison)

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 3:24 PM

It was a small step for man, but now lawmakers want to take a giant leap -- and make parts of the moon a national park.

Representatives Donna Edwards of Maryland and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas say they want to protect artifacts left behind by U.S. astronauts from future commercial development.

The national park designation would only apply to the American flags, lunar rover and other objects from the Apollo missions 11 through 17. No ground on the moon would be included, though the proposed bill requires that Neil Armonstrong's first footprints be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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