Gingrich vows to establish a colony on the moon

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Associated Press

COCOA, Fla. (AP) -- Newt Gingrich is promising to establish a permanent base on the moon by 2020 if he's elected president.

Gingrich, the former House speaker, told an overflow crowd gathered on Florida's space coast Wednesday that he wants to develop a robust commercial space industry in line with the airline boom of the 1930s. He also wants to expand exploration of Mars.

The pronouncements appeared to thrill the crowd of roughly 700 people. Florida's space coast is still suffering from a recent round of federal cuts to the space program.

But how would Gingrich pay for it?

The Republican presidential contender says he wants to offer prizes to help stimulate investment by the private sector.

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  • by Dr. GaGa on Jan 28, 2012 at 03:23 PM
    Well, if you'd abandoned a dying wife, had a second ex wanting your scalp, and a third thinking about what happened to the last two, you might wanna move to the moon too.
  • by south georgia girl Location: southgeorgia on Jan 28, 2012 at 07:56 AM
    May he be left there along with all who voted for him. He is one dangerous person so maybe he could be the first inmate in a lunar penal colony.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2012 at 07:15 AM
    We are going broke and he wants to waste billions more.....there is no difference between Obama and the grinch.
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