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New Mexico Professor Seeks to Save Moon-Landing Sites 

The Apollo 11 landing site at Tranquility Base, where humans stepped foot on the moon, should be named a National Historic landmark, said professor Beth O'Leary
By The News · 18 of July 2017 14:04:33
Astronaut and Lunar Module pilot Edwin E."Buzz" Aldrin Jr. photographed during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the Moon, Astronaut and Lunar Module pilot Edwin E."Buzz" Aldrin Jr. photographed during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the Moon. He has just deployed the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP). In the foreground is the Passive Seismic Experiment Package (PSEP); beyond it is the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector (LR-3); in the center background is the United States flag; in the left background is the black and white lunar surface television camera; in the far right background is the Lunar Module "Eagle". Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera., photo: NASA's Apollo 11 Image Library

LAS CRUCES – A New Mexico State University anthropology professor is on a mission to save moon-landing sites.

Beth O’Leary is speaking this week in Washington, D.C., on preserving the spots where humans stepped on the surface of the moon.

She is giving presentations at the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to coincide with the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.


Her new book, “The Final Mission: Preserving NASA’s Apollo Sites,” looks at the exploration of space from an archaeological and historical-preservation perspective. It also details how various sites in New Mexico, Texas, California, and Florida contributed to the successful Apollo mission.

O’Leary says the Apollo 11 landing site at Tranquility Base, where humans stepped foot on the moon, should be named a National Historic landmark.