New National Park Proposed for….The Moon!

New National Park Proposed for….The Moon!

Aurora Travel Agents   In a recent travel story you may not have seen, The Washington Post reports that U.S. Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.) have introduced House bill (HR 2617) that would establish our first National Park on the Moon – the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historic Park. The Reps., inspired by requests to NASA from commercial entities interested in providing private space flight missions to explore the moon, have created this unique proposal to preserve the Apollo 11 through Apollo 17 landing sites. The Reps. are concerned that the artifacts left at the Apollo sites – which include equipment, impact markings, footprints and vehicle tracks – are in danger as spacefaring commercial entities and foreign nations begin to achieve the technical capabilities necessary to land spacecraft on the surface of the moon. If it becomes law, the bill would require that, within a year, the National Park System establish the park and that the application to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) be submitted for World Heritage Site status. Six months after the park is established, a “general management plan” for the park would have to be created. Thus far, a spokesman for NASA would not comment on the bill and no Republicans have stepped up to co- sponsor it. We feel that a Lunar National Park would certainly make for a very unique and special celebration vacation or family reunion travel destination for those who could afford the trip. That said, we would be interested in your thoughts on this proposal. Would a trip to the Moon be in your future?

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on Jul 11, 2013

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