Experts say Gingrich moon base dreams not lunacy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Newt Gingrich's ideas about science may seem like fiction but experts say they really aren't.

The Republican presidential candidate wants to create a lunar colony that could become a U.S. state. He has a plan to map the human brain to find out what makes it tick. And he's warned about a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack that literally could leave America in the dark.

Several science policy experts tell The Associated Press those ideas stem from mainstream science. But they add that Gingrich has a way of making them sound way out there by first taking a small step, then a giant leap further than where other politicians have gone.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 at 06:26 PM
    I think we have bigger fish to fry than sinking billions into a moon base for a privileged few so they can collect rocks.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 07:11 AM in reply to
      I think there are bigger issues to be discussed in this election cycle then this drivel. This is just the media getting us to focus on non-issues. And by the way, we have had humans living in orbit aboard space stations since 1989, minus a 15 month gap between MIR and the ISS. It seems to me that it wouldn't be much of a stretch to park a similar structure on the moon.
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