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[b]Recording of Tranquility Base as an Historical Resource:[/b]
No humans have since returned to Tranquility Base following the departure of the Apollo 11 crew in 1969 to document the current conditions of the site. Under a $23,000 research enhancement grant from NASA through the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, the artifacts and features left behind by Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, Jr. were documented, inventoried, and mapped through archival research. Research was carried out at the Johnson Space Center and Lunar Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas and at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, National Archives, and NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. Subsequently, under a $20,000 Federal grant from the National Space Grant Consortium, an [URL=http://spacegrant.nmsu.edu/lunarlegacies/index.html]educational website[/URL] was published and is continually maintained.
Based on the extensive federally-funded research, Tranquility Base has been recognized as an historical resource with significance on the national and state level. While a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places and World Heritage Site programs is planned, the current level of recording is focused on the important role of the State of California and most of the objects have a connection to California. Therefore, these [Department of Parks and Recreation] [URL=http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/1067/files/tranquility%20base_draft.pdf]forms document Tranquility Base[/URL] as a significant cultural resource and is hereby nominated to the California Register of Historical Resources. No other state has previously listed Tranquility Base on its state register.
[i]There are countless places on Earth that have been awarded protection to preserve their historic or cultural importance. The moon has none. But that may be about to change.[/i]
[i]More than 100 items left behind on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts were named a California historical resource by a state preservation panel today.[/i]
[i]In one small step for preservation and one giant leap of logic, the official historical commission of California voted Friday to protect two small urine collection devices, four space-sickness bags and dozens of other pieces of detritus, all currently residing nearly a quarter of a million miles from the state.[/i]
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