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American National Park On The Moon Proposed By US Politicians

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In this July 20, 1969 file photo, a footprint left by one of the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission shows in the soft, powder surface of the moon.
In this July 20, 1969 file photo, a footprint left by one of the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission shows in the soft, powder surface of the moon.

Its astronauts haven't been there since 1972, but US legislators have proposed declaring a national park on the surface of the Moon to protect the hallowed turf of the Apollo landings.

US representatives Donna Edwards of Maryland and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas proposed the idea to prevent potential damage in the event of a commercial enterprise setting up shop on our natural satellite.

"As commercial enterprises and foreign nations acquire the ability to land on the moon it is necessary to protect the Apollo landing sites for posterity; and 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 legislation says.

Take a look at how it came about, above.

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