Washington politicians are regularly derided for living on another planet. But if the plans of two Democratic lawmakers come to fruition, they may one day be able to picnic away from the planet as well.
The Hill reports that Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards and Texas Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson are seeking to create a national historical park on the surface of the moon, commemorating the Apollo lunar landing missions that took place between 1969 and 1972.
“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.
The lawmakers believe that the growing spacefaring capabilities of foreign nations and private corporations means it’s only matter of time before somebody else lands on the moon. They’re worried that without explicit protection by the federal government, the artifacts strewn about the various Apollo landing sites may be damaged or stolen.