When man landed on the moon, it was a marvelous achievement for the whole of mankind. Even though in science-fiction-thriller stories, we see nations fighting each other on another planet in another galaxy or at times fighting each other on some other heavenly body, including the moon. But all heavenly bodies have been declared to be the common heritage of mankind and such star wars remain part of science-fiction only thankfully.
But NASA, however, is showing a bit of possessiveness with its moon landing and more so with the sites on the moon on which NASA has successively landed man. Even though to this day the conspiracy theories persist that it was a hoax, but never the less, we should not be that skeptical of anything this fantastical as landing on the moon. Before 1969, it was part of a dream world, part of the works of a creative mind in poems, songs and lyrics, where we travel to the moon and back. But since 1972, no one has been to the moon when Apollo missions were stopped by the United States.
NASA recently asked other nations, including Russia, China, Japan and India that have sent their own satellites to the moon that they should be careful not to spoil the sites left behind by NASA. As if to say, they somehow belong to them. NASA is said to have left a lot of hardware on the moon that it wants not to be touched.
But NASA should respect the fact that no other nation wants to take away the honour that Neil Armstrong already had set for America, that of man’s first foot print on the moon, or indeed on any heavenly body and the American flag that stands still with no air. It is a history shared by all mankind, and understandably quite personal to America. However, according to Gizmag, the flag has already been destroyed due to sun’s UV rays.