It's summer again, and millions of Americans will be hitting the proverbial tarmac to destinations near and far. Of those destinations, U.S. national parks have always been a favorite for millions of travelers every summer. Moreover, with 59 different National Parks spread across the greater United States and its territories, the options have always been quite diverse.
For example, travelers can check out one of California’s 9 National Parks, or perhaps Alaska’s 8 million acre Wrangell-St.Elias Park. However, if you’re really looking for an adventure, and want to get away for the summer, Congress may have just the thing for you. Thanks to a new piece of legislation introduced to the floor of Congress, the countries 60th National park may soon be a reality. However, don’t pack up the tent and grill just yet, as you won’t be able to drive to this park. Nor will you be able to buy a plane ticket there either.
That’s right, the proposed plan would turn the site of the Apollo moon landing missions into a national park. Titled the Apollo Lunar Landing Agency Act, the bill would seek to designate all six Apollo landing sites as historical parks. In addition, the proposal would also seek to have the Apollo 11 landing site designated as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.
Despite the fact that there hasn’t been a trip to the moon by any government or individual since December of 1972, and that there are also no plans to, the bill may not actually be such a horrible idea. There are many supporters praising the idea as visionary, and far-reaching in its scope and ideology. After all, when John F. Kennedy proposed that we would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, few people in 1961 believed him. Yet by the end of the decade, Apollo 11 had landed successfully on the surface of the moon, just 8 years after President Kennedy’s prophetic speech.
It is this idealism that has helped to generate relative support for the bill. It seems that Americans want to believe in something, and set concrete goals for the future. If we could go to the moon over 44 years ago, when cell phones, wireless fidelity, and hand-help computers were beyond science fiction, then why can’t we create a National Park on the moon? Perhaps by simply designating part of the Moon a National Park, we as a country might reengage in space exploration. At the very least, the proposal has sparked renewed interest in NASA, and the future of America’s space program.