The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the House will take action today on legislation that would give ownership to Apollo-era astronauts of some artifacts from those missions in their possession.The bill, HR 4158, was introduced by House Science Committee chairman Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) in March after several events where NASA asserted it had ownership of items that these former astronauts had sought to sell, including a checklist Apollo 13’s Jim Lovell had planned to auction. The bill will give “full ownership” of any artifact received by any astronaut in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, with a specific exclusion for lunar rocks and other lunar material.
The bill is one of 27 listed for consideration today by the House under suspension of the rules, which limits debate but requires a two-thirds majority for passage. The vote won’t take place until this evening.
Update: As expected, the legislation passed Wednesday on a voice vote.