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This gives -- -- -- hearing even all these years later about imagine and national park.
Being set up.
On the move on.
Two house Democrats are proposing just that to ensure the American landing sites are preserved.
For future generations the bill states.
As commercial enterprises and foreign nations acquire the ability to land on the moon.
It is necessary to protect the Apollo lunar landing sites for posterity.
So is it court -- joins me now editor at large that the -- for Discover Magazine quite -- welcome back.
Always nice to always good to have you with us now.
-- don't hit it on the face of -- -- -- on national park on the -- sounds like a ridiculous idea however we do want to in some way preserve.
Those sites if anybody ever gets back there it's been more than forty years and nobody's nobody's -- yet.
Right it's an incredible piece of history in there actually and there's several layers of protection -- United Nations treaty that we sign that basically.
Protects that the sovereignty of the of -- the moon itself we know how well Asian nation of all the first of all the United Nations -- to -- doesn't say anything about the actual artifacts on the man.
And it's hit and assisting thing here is -- the NASA part of it that amazing image of that what I'm -- do you plan that.
Well also that things -- most -- that did the Apollo landing sites Apollo eleven through Paula seventeen.
But that there's incredible crazy array of things there -- As a falcon feather and a hammer that that David Scott dropped to demonstrate how gravity works during Apollo fifteen -- the golf balls.
There are 96 bags of the frozen urine and feces which I'm assuming nobody wants but they're hanging out there there's -- because this.
Every everything that we left a lot of trash on the -- we left a lot to -- artifacts on the moon and the question is how much of that is history that you wanna preserve.
-- the other interesting question to me as you know.
The NASA isn't saying that -- they're gonna send missions back to do that to protect this they're saying.
Privates companies are gonna go home you know poking around and they want to make sure they don't disturb things to -- -- the private spaceflight is really that the forward -- Far away are we from you know sort of a competitive environment where there's all these different -- going up there we have to protect -- -- -- you look at what Richard Branson has done.
And that's just getting us up to the zone of the International Space Station which is.
How far away from the -- I mean right.
And manned space flight into into orbit we're very close to that manned space flight into the moon from up for a private company.
That's still a long haul but -- -- that there's.
-- -- -- -- -- Google lunar X prize.
And they're actually they're 32 different groups that are competing for a thirty million dollar jackpot to send a robot to the -- and and some of them are pretty close and in that didn't get that may happen say within the next five years that this is not.
A far distant thing and -- you -- you could set an automatic prospector in there -- -- some artifacts bring them back and someone -- In the need to protect this is not such a crazy far off ideas may sound.
Interesting variances in Corey thanks we'll see what happens -- -- -- -- stuff up that I didn't know and there and let let the beverage -- there's some things and more value.
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