Feeds

Newt Gingrich wants Moon to be 51st US state

Promises permanent Moon base by 2020, Mars as next target

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is telling the people of Florida about his plans for a permanent base on the Moon, and suggesting it may be possible for the satellite to become the 51st US state.

"By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the Moon, and it will be American," he told supporters at a rally on Wednesday.

Gingrich, who not-so-coincidentally was speaking at a venue near the Kennedy Space Center, said that he would assign 10 per cent of NASA’s budget for prizes to commercial companies trying to get into space, and suggested that tourism and resource-mining could make a permanent lunar base a reality.

However, his plans don’t just stop at colonizing the Moon – Gingrich wants to make it American. He has already proposed a "Northwest Ordinance for Space," which would allow the Moon’s residents to apply to become a US state once the population reaches 13,000. The UN would certainly have an issue with this, since the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, to which the US is a signatory, expressly forbids any government from claiming the Moon as its territory.

Looking further ahead, Newt said that by the end of 2020 he wants to see mankind going to Mars using a “continuous propulsion system” that he said would drastically cut transit time to the Red Planet.

“By the end of 2020, we will have the first continuous propulsion system in space capable of getting to Mars in a remarkably short time, because I am sick of being told we have to be timid and I am sick of being told we have to be limited in technologies that are 50 years old,” Gingrich said.

There was, of course, a healthy dose of self-interest in Newt’s remarks. Florida has been hit hardest by the gutting of NASA’s budgets, and the speech played well with the job-seeking locals. There are a lot of unemployed space workers at the moment, and Floridians clearly miss watching the Space Shuttles rising into their skies. ®

Bootnote

Gingrich recently said admiringly of himself that "I think grandiose thoughts." The Reg tends to agree, at least in his loony lunar pronouncements, seeing as how Webster's primary definition of grandiose is "characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration."

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P
Probe will be just 10km from Space Duck in October
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
ANU boffins demo 'tractor beam' in water
The current state of the art, apparently
China to test recoverable moon orbiter
I'll have some rocks and a moon cheese pizza please, home delivery
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.