Can We Put A National Park On The Moon?
Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Donna Edwards and Eddie Bernice Johnson submitted H.R. 2617, a bill that would, if passed into law, create a new National Historical Park – on the Moon. It would be called the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park.
Can we do that? Doesn’t a National Park by definition have to be within a nation? Would this bill require the U.S. government to claim the Moon, or at least part of the Moon, as U.S. territory? Would it have to be put on national maps? Would there be a visitor center? Would handicapped access be required? Could we camp and barbeque there, if we brought our own oxygen and firewood?
There is some small precedent for the proposed National Park on the Moon: The Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho.