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U.S. Senators Peters and Cruz Bipartisan Legislation to Protect the Apollo Landing Sites Advances in Senate
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 05:39:10 EDT
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U.S. Senators Gary Peters of Michigan and Ted Cruz of Texas Wednesday applauded the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approval of their bipartisan legislation that would protect the Apollo landing sites on the moon. The One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act would provide legal recognition and protection for the Apollo sites from intentional and unintentional disturbances by codifying existing NASA preservation recommendations. The bill's advancement to the full Senate comes as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on July 20th. Senator Peters a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Space and Aviation said "The Apollo landing sites are the types of historic places that would be preserved for future generations if they were on Earth. As we mark the 50th anniversary of this giant leap for humankind, we must do everything we can to protecting these sites - particularly as more public and private entities look to establish a presence on the moon. This bipartisan legislation will help preserve our human heritage in space for generations to come. I'm glad this bill has advanced in the Senate and I'll be continuing to build support behind this effort." The legislation includes an enforcement mechanism to impose fines on entities that breach NASA's preservation recommendations, calls for an international agreement, and honors the over 400,000 scientists, designers, and researchers who contributed to the Apollo programs.