Pick-a-Nick Baskets Optional

The Hill reports that two Democratic Congresscritters have proposed a couple of new national parks. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, implementation may be a bit of a challenge:

The bill from Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) would create the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park. The park would be comprised of all artifacts left on the surface of the moon from the Apollo 11 through 17 missions.

[…] Under the legislation, the park would be established no later than one year after the bill passes and would be run jointly by the Department of the Interior and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The report  then notes that Uncle Sugar would be able to accept donations from private companies and foreign governments in order to “provide visitor services and administrative facilities within reasonable proximity to the Historical Park.”

I’m not quite sure what “reasonable proximity” means in this instance, but I’m sure there’ll be a number of well paid bureaucrats to figure it out. However, given the state of the US space program, I suspect that any park rangers in the foreseeable future will have to be Chinese.

A tip of the Mondo Mortarboard to Gabriel Malor at the HQ.


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One Response to Pick-a-Nick Baskets Optional

  1. Javahead says:

    So they’re rejecting the Outer Space Treaty of 1967? I’m not certain whether it permits national claims of this sort on the Moon (or any other body), though it does explicitly block military bases.

    At least we never signed the Moon Treaty of 1979 which explicitly would have blocked any sort of national claim. Interestingly, the only nations that did sign the Moon Treaty were those which had, and have, no real space program.

    Mind you, I’d be just as happy if we *did* reject the Outer Space Treaty and remove any roadblocks to a viable US commercial presence in space. But as you say, right now only the Chinese seem to have a real interest in manned space flight.

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