Monday, January 30, 2012

Newt Gingrich's Moon Base by 2020: Can It Be Done?

Date: 30 January 2012 Time: 03:45 PM ET
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NASA Names Next Generation Moon Lander 'Altair'
An artist's interpretation of NASA's next crewed lunar lander, the Altair.
CREDIT: NASA.
GOP presidential primary candidate Newt Gingrich has promised a manned moon base by 2020 if he is elected, yet such a plan will face some serious budgetary and practical hurdles, experts say.
Gingrich is in Florida competing for that state's nomination for the Republican candidacy against Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Ambitious plans for America's space program are likely to generate enthusiasm among those in Florida's space industry, hard-hit by the retirement of the space shuttle last year.

MORE: http://www.space.com/14411-newt-gingrich-moon-base-cost.html




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