The difficult task of legally preserving the Apollo lunar sites


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While I heartily agree that these historic sites should be preserved, if you read the article you will notice how the focus with these people is not the future, but preserving relics of the past. I say we don’t need more memorials. The best memorial for Apollo 11 would be thriving city on the Moon, even if it trampled on Tranquility Base.

Note also that the restrictions imposed by the Outer Space Treaty once again make things worse. Under the treaty, there is no way for the U.S. to reasonably preserve these American historical sites, without first getting the approval of the UN. The result? I guarantee that any arrangement we manage to work out will almost certainly restrict the freedoms of future space colonists. This not a good thing, and it certainly isn’t something we here on Earth should be doing to the brave people who will someday want to build new civilizations on other worlds.

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3 comments

  • LocalFluff

    What’s so difficult about it? Just declare it US territory, if someone is stupid enough to not implicitly understand that anyway.

    This legalicity worshiping must come to an end finally, especially when dealing internationally where no good intentions exist. Decide what you want and enforce it. Dwelling on what magic runes were ones carved into stone, is madness.

  • Orion314

    Rome is burning, Nero is fiddling, the Islam hordes are praying to aly akbar to take us back a thousand years. The dark ages are right around the corner, with no reason what so ever to think that 6 billion people will suddenly grow a brain that is not completely reptilian, nor a culture anymore advanced than the Aztecs. Worried about the preservation of Apollo Lunar sites? Top of my list of concerns for sure. Based on the state of the world today. I’d say our chance for becoming a multi planet civilization is about 1% and fading fast my friends. If we can ever conquer human imbecility and superstition, star travel will be a walk in the park.

  • Orion314

    BTW,
    great quotes are worth repeating:

    “Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor.”

    -Robert A. Heinlein

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