Apollo 16 astronaut John Young collects samples near the mission’s lunar rover in 1972. (NASA Photo)
If city officials in Kent have their way, Washington state will have three landmarks that are out of this world. Literally.
This week, the City of Kent will seek landmark designation from King County for the Boeing-built rovers that were left behind on the moon by the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions nearly a half-century ago.
If the King County Landmarks Commission approves the city’s request during a meeting to be held on Thursday at Kent City Hall, the next step will be to pursue state recognition as well.
That would put the Evergreen State alongside California and New Mexico in giving landmark status to objects left on the moon. And although the recognition doesn’t carry much legal weight, it could raise awareness about NASA’s lunar legacy — and the Seattle area’s role in creating that legacy.
“Many people don’t realize that these vehicles are still on the moon today, so we really identified this project as a way to educate about the literal mark our region has made in space,” Kent Mayor Dana Ralph said in a statement. “This is more than ...