Space Ref: Peters, Cruz Bipartisan Legislation to Protect the Apollo Landing Sites Advances in SenateNews|7.10.19
U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today 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 and I are proud to see our legislation advance through the committee today with overwhelming bipartisan support as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing,” said Senator Cruz. “Our bill will put into place meaningful protections for the Apollo sites and artifacts by requiring recipients of U.S. government licenses for lunar and near-lunar activities to agree to abide by NASA’s recommendations on how to protect and preserve lunar artifacts. I urge my Senate colleagues to take up and pass this common sense bill without delay to ensure that, as we ramp up our efforts to return to the Moon, these important parts of history are safeguarded.”