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house Bill H.R. 2617

Building a National Park on the Moon

Argument in favor

"As commercial enterprises and foreign nations acquire the ability to land on the moon, it is necessary to protect the Apollo lunar landing sites for posterity."

Argument opposed

"Reflects such an element of ignorance, superficiality, and casual disregard for current world opinion that it might well be tossed and a rewrite undertaken with some element of very relevant factual knowledge."

What is House Bill H.R. 2617?

This bill would protect U.S. moon landing sites and associated space junk by making them part of the National Park System. The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to establish the park through partnership with NASA. How the National Park Service would "build" a park there is unclear, however, as through international agreement, no country claim territory on the moon. 


The bill impacts the moon and potential commute times for some National Park Service employees.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2617

A CBO cost is unfathomable.

More Information


Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act

Official Title

To establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the Moon, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Space and Aeronautics
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedJuly 8th, 2013