Friday, July 12, 2013

A national park...on the moon?

DCist reports (along with others) that Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) wants to designate the site of the Apollo 11 landing as the 60th national park: Maryland Congresswoman Wants to Create National Park - On the Moon. I'm all for preserving the site but its not clear to me whether such a law is worth the effort since I don't think it is ours to designate as such. You space lawyers are welcome to correct me if that's not the case. On one hand, it seems that a park on the moon shouldn't require much upkeep (i.e. $$$) until we can actually get there and put up fences, signs and gift shops. However, when it comes to the US government, the law of unintended consequences may apply. Thoughts?