top of page

House passes bill to protect heritage of space exploration

The House passed a bill today to protect heritage sites on the Moon like the Apollo 11 landing site. The version passed today apparently incorporates changes made after it passed the Senate, so will have to go back there for passage before being sent to the President for signature. The House also passed a bill to rename an Ohio NASA facility in honor of Neil Armstrong.

The One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act, S. 1694, passed the Senate in 2019. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), it requires any federal agency that issues a license to conduct a lunar activity to require the applicant to agree to abide by recommendations in the 2011 NASA report “NASA’s Recommendations to Space-Faring Entities: How to Protect and Preserve the Historic and Scientific Value of U.S. Government Artifacts” and any successor recommendations, guidelines or principles issued by NASA.

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page