Credit: For All Moonkind

After months of work with the office of U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D. Mich.), the One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act has cleared the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee.  

Co-Founder Michelle Hanlon was honored to work with Senator Gary Peters (D. Mich.) to prepare S.1694,
the One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act.
Credit: For All Moonkind

As Senator Peters said: “This bipartisan legislation will help preserve our human heritage in space for generations to come.” 

Cosponsor Senator Ted Cruz (R. Tex.) agreed, and urged the Senate “to take up and pass this commonsense bill without delay to ensure that, as we ramp up our efforts to return to the Moon, these important parts of history are safeguarded.”

Credit: U.S. Senate/Screengrab Inside Outer Space

International concern

This is the first bill introduced in the U.S. that treats the preservation of lunar landing sites rightly as an international concern.

“We are going to push hard for this bill to be signed in time for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 on July 20th,” says Michelle Hanlon, a law professor and space law expert at the University of Mississippi who co-founded For All Moonkind, a nonprofit group devoted to protecting historic sites in space.

 

For a video of Senator Cruz detailing the One Small Step Act here, go to:

https://youtu.be/pCijj7bhBRE

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