Ahead of 50th anniversary of historic Apollo 11 landing next month, Gary Peters and Ted Cruz have introduced a new legislation to protect the Apollo 11 landing site.
The latest legislation, named The One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act wants to protect the site where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed. Bill says, “The Apollo 11 landing site and other similar historic landing sites in outer space merit legal protection from inadvertent or intentional interference with such sites or the environment surrounding such sites in order to prevent irremediable loss of archaeological, anthropological, historical, scientific, and engineering significance and value.”
Moreover, the bill puts emphasis on protecting the landing site as more commercial and space organizations are likely to carry out future missions to the Earth’s nearest neighbor. The bill continues, “As commercial enterprises and more countries acquire the ability to land on the Moon, it is necessary to ensure the recognition and protection of the Apollo 11 landing site and other historic landing sites together with all the human effort and innovation the sites represent.”
According to the bill, organizations interested in conducting space operations will be required to comply with NASA’s recommendations from 2011 in order to receive U.S. government license for future missions. However, the bill includes an exception for missions which have significant historical and scientific value.