With a crushing national debt, a long-sputtering economy and more people in this country receiving aid from the federal government to eat than are working, one would think being a member of Congress is a tough gig these days.
One would be wrong.
Two members of Congress — Democrats — have proposed legislation that would establish a national historical park on the moon.
Talk about an ideal that’s out of this world.
Reps. Donna Edwards, Md., and Eddie Bernice Johnson, Texas, are looking to create the “Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park,” that would be comprised of all artifacts left on the surface of the moon from the Apollo 11 through 17 missions, according to The Hill.
The bill reads:
“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.”
The intended purpose of the legislation is to protect these sites because of the expected increase in commercial moon landings in the future, and requires the United States to submit the Apollo 11 landing site – where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the moon July 20, 1969 – to the United Nations for designation as a World Heritage Site.
The Daily Caller noted that it’s not clear if the proposal meets the guidelines of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty — bet you didn’t know that existed.
The treaty, signed and ratified by the U.S. and 101 other countries, explicitly states that “outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.”
In the end, while it may sound like a good idea, it would seem these people have more important things to concentrate on.