Democrats Want a National Park on the Moon… that the Obama Administration Decided Not to Return To

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If the Democrats had to have a national park in some completely inaccessible place that ties into their history, it was a close race between the moon and hell. (via Ace)

Two House Democrats have proposed legislation that would establish a national historical park on the surface of the moon to mark where the Apollo missions landed between 1969 and 1972.

The bill from Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) would create the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park. The park would be comprised of all artifacts left on the surface of the moon from the Apollo 11 through 17 missions.

The bill says these sites need to be protected because of the anticipated increase in commercial moon landings in the future.

Under the legislation, the park would be established no later than one year after the bill passes and would be run jointly by the Department of the Interior and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

This would actually be a useless piece of Federal creep giving NASA and the DOI the power and funds to do the impossible. Neither one has access to the moon. All they can do is draw up plans for a possible future moon landing.

Furthermore if commercial flights take place to the moon, it will probably be decades from now, and none of the participants will be in any way bound by any measures of Congress.

American law does not apply to the moon. A point that is probably lost on two Democrats and members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The measure would allow the government to accept donations from companies and foreign governments to help manage the landing sites and “provide visitor services and administrative facilities within reasonable proximity to the Historical Park.”

The government will be collecting money for a site that the government has no access to and cannot gain access to.

After one year, Interior and NASA would have to reach an agreement on how to manage the site, including how to monitor it, managing access to the sites and cataloguing the items in the park.

For a site that the government has no access to. Why not just build that theme park in hell. I suspect a lot of Dem Congresspersons have a better chance of reaching there than the moon.
And why do we have no access to the moon? Because Obama Inc. killed NASA, killed the space shuttle and any successor vehicle, outsourcing space travel to the Russians and Obama’s big Tesla donor.
The current plan is to one day travel to an asteroid.
Charles “My main priority is Muslim self-esteem” Bolden, Obama’s affirmative action appointee, has said, no the moon.
Charles Bolden, who showed no sign of accepting Carnesale’s advice. He noted that a number of nations have expressed interest, to varying degrees, in human lunar exploration. “NASA will not take the lead on a human lunar mission,” he said. “NASA is not going to the Moon with a human as a primary project probably in my lifetime.
“I don’t know how to say it any more plainly,” he concluded. “NASA does not have a human lunar mission in its portfolio and we are not planning for one.”
So no moon theme park. Though I’m sure that Fed.gov will be happy to spend a few million on a bunch of moon park planning committees.
Take it away, Neil Armstrong.
“America’s only path to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station will now be subject to an agreement with Russia to purchase space on their Soyuz (at a price of over 50 million dollars per seat with significant increases expected in the near future) until we have the capacity to provide transportation for ourselves. The availability of a commercial transport to orbit as envisioned in the President’s proposal cannot be predicted with any certainty, but is likely to take substantially longer and be more expensive than we would hope.”It appears that we will have wasted our current ten plus billion dollar investment in Constellation and, equally importantly, we will have lost the many years required to recreate the equivalent of what we will have discarded.

For The United States, the leading space faring nation for nearly half a century, to be without carriage to low Earth orbit and with no human exploration capability to go beyond Earth orbit for an indeterminate time into the future, destines our nation to become one of second or even third rate stature. While the President’s plan envisages humans traveling away from Earth and perhaps toward Mars at some time in the future, the lack of developed rockets and spacecraft will assure that ability will not be available for many years.

Without the skill and experience that actual spacecraft operation provides, the USA is far too likely to be on a long downhill slide to mediocrity. America must decide if it wishes to remain a leader in space. If it does, we should institute a program which will give us the very best chance of achieving that goal.

Neil Armstrong

Commander, Apollo 11

Somehow I don’t think he wanted his work to be remembered at a moon park that exists only in the fevered dream of Dem Congressmen.

  • Softly Bob

    Can the Democrats get even more weird and crazy?
    I have a fertile imagination and could easily dream up ways of how more crazy they could get. But if I were to tell you of the most bizarre, crazy, insane, sick or twisted thing I could think of, (just for fun and not meant to be serious) the chances are that next week the Democrats would be doing it.
    Truth is often stranger than fiction and even a creative and oddball mind like mine could never have dreamed up some of the things that Obama’s gang have done in the last four years and actually got away with.

  • DogmaelJones1

    I can go one better than a Lunar Historical Site, a sister site on Titan, where we helped the Europeans land a probe. But, no, the Democrats wouldn’t approve of that, because all the hydrocarbon lakes and rivers on Titan would lead to commercial fracking, and we wouldn’t want to disturb the pristine serenity of that moon of Saturn. Never mind.

  • OfficialPro

    They can call it Intergalactic Andy Kaufman National Lunar Park (designated UN Solar System Heritage Site)!

  • Cincy

    Although this Moon park bill is a piece of silliness, the most important point of this article is that this administration has systematically (and in my opinion, quite deliberately) destroyed the American civil space program. It will take years to recover from the damage done to it, if recovery is possible at all.

  • glpage

    I find it interesting that Democrats, who tend to do whatever they can to diminish our sovereignty, want to establish a sovereign area on the moon. Are these people capable of reasonable thought?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1741378445 Michele Eastman

    That person taking up space in the White house is nucking futz !!

  • MrUniteUs1

    Right next to Newt Gingrich’s moon station. I guess no one told him about all the media strikes..

  • laura562

    it’s absurd!!! it’s obscene!! There are people dying of hunger and disease. There are people that live in such deplorable conditions that have maggots coming out of their mouths, with no clean water to drink and no food to eat or anything. It really is a tragedy that the United States would invest on something so frivolous, just to satisfy their hunger for power and greed.