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GUIDELINES FOR LUNAR ARTIFACTS

NASA recently released a set of guidelines on protecting the artifacts that are already on the Moon. They say that this is in recognition of the increasing capabilities of private organizations and other nations that may be able to reach the lunar surface. These are not a set of rules or laws set by NASA, but just recommendations so that future lunar explorers can carefully plan their missions to not interfere with the sites of previous missions.

I feel that this is a great step undertaken by NASA since it confronts issues that will definitely come up as more organizations develop the means of reaching the Lunar surface. It also sets a precedent and takes steps towards the possibility of declaring rules on how the lunar surface should be protected. These guidelines answer some of my concerns from before. They provide some guidance on how certain interesting and historically important areas of the Moon can be preserved for future generations.

It does raise a few more questions, though. Do you think these guidelines are very restricting or too loose? Should other organizations also adopt similar guidelines for their missions? And once there are a large number of lunar missions, how do we say if a certain project is going to be historically significant or worth preserving?

COMMUNITY COMMENTS:

Jeri H.

Thursday Jun-07-2012

Abhimat, I agree with you. The ventures of organizations and governments to the planets and moons are equal to the conquests and colonization of the New World, the British Empire, British East India Companies and numerous other entities which aspired to rank and/or control the new lands, new worlds.
Your position forces me to conduct further research and ask
Who will control these new lands? Will they be international science laboratories and projects? Hopefully whatever does happen will be for the good of all mankind as well as all species. I know it sounds idealistic. Great thoughts and comments!!

Abhimat G.

Friday Jun-08-2012

Thank you!

Yes, making sure the Moon is protected for all humans and for science does seem very idealistic and not completely realistic. I feel what may set this era apart from other historical periods is that there are many more people involved in making these decisions, and that it can be a more democratic process. Technologies like the internet give the possibility of making global decisions that can benefit as many people as possible.


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