In glancing at the guidelines, I found it fascinating that it only mentions the Soviet lunar rover sites as an aside, noting their value but stating that
One Lunokhod rover is the property of Russia, and the other has been sold to a private individual. Consequently, NASA has no authority to set conditions on their sites and these USG recommendations do not apply. Nevertheless, the LRRR arrays on each rover are invaluable tools for continuing studies of the Moon and of General Relativity.
Protecting these historic sites is obviously essential, but deciding how much protection they should get will be a battle that will have no good solution. Not only will future lunar colonists want to see these sites (as tourists) but scientists will have good reasons to study them. Yet, any visit will change their pristine nature forever.
As the saying goes, however, “This is a good problem!” When we finally begin to fight it out it will be because humans will finally be establishing permanent colonies on the Moon.
Sadly (for my generation), the problem of what to do with the historic sites on the Moon is not really an issue. Hopefully, the generation growing up today will have to tackle it.
Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!
From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.
“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.
All editions available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all book vendors. The ebook can be purchased direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit, in which case you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner. Note that the price for the ebook, $3.99, goes up to $5.99 on September 1, 2022.
Autographed printed copies are also available at discount directly from me (hardback $24.95; paperback $14.95). Just email me at zimmerman @ nasw dot org.