Buzz Aldrin on the Moon during the Apollo 11 Mission
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon during the Apollo 11 Mission Image: NASA (Wikimedia)

We need to protect the heritage of the Apollo missions

It’s 50 years since the Apollo 11 mission landed humans on the Moon for the first time. The artefacts, traces and the landscape left by the Apollo missions constitute a unique group of heritage sites that have significant historic, scientific, aesthetic, and social values for all the human beings.

However, as the so-called New Space Race and plans to return to the Moon keep intensifying in recent years, these lunar heritage sites are potentially under threats from uncontrolled looting and corrosive lunar dusts caused by these newly proposed landing missions.

Attempts have been made by several American institutions to safeguard the legacies of the Apollo missions. But it is increasingly necessary to explore the possibility to establish an international framework to protect this lunar heritage for future generation as “everyone on Earth is a stakeholder in the heritage of the Moon.”

Read the full article at The Conversation.