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A Dallas congresswoman wants to create a new national park on the moon.

It was a giant leap for mankind when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the surface of the moon. So Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas and Rep. Donna Edwards from Maryland are proposing a bill that would create a national park there and add it to the list of protected historical sites.

In a statement released Tuesday, Edwards said the bill would "ensure that the scientific data and cultural significance of the Apollo artifacts remain unharmed by future lunar landings."

And much of what was left behind during the lunar missions is quite unique.

"There's an incredible crazy array of things there. There's a falcon feather and a hammer that David Scott dropped to show gravity works during Apollo 15. There are the golf balls, there are 96 bags of frozen urine and feces, which I'm assuming nobody wants but they're hanging out there," said Corey Powell, editor of Discover Magazine.

With the United States space exploration program on pause, the proposal is mainly designed to protect those precious artifacts from private and foreign companies that could soon send thrill-seeking millionaires into orbit.

"Manned space flight into orbit… we're very close to that. Manned space flight to the moon from a private company, that's still a long haul," Powell said.

But Internet giant Google could be close. The company is currently sponsoring a competition in which privately funded teams compete to land a robot on the surface of the moon.

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