Space, The Final Frontier…for US Statehood?

January 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Opinion, Science News | Leave a comment

Popular Science ran an interesting headline that seemed odd for a site not oriented toward politics “The Moon Should Be the 51st State, and Other Space Dreams From Newt Gingrich.” First off that’s a long title, but secondly and more importantly are the statements Mr. “I want to be Number 45” said recently in Florida. According to PopSci:

At the sunset of Newt Gingrich’s putative presidency, the moon would be the 51st state, colonized by permanent American settlers. Tourists would honeymoon in low-Earth orbit, space factories would manufacture goods in microgravity, and America would have a rocket powerful enough to send us to Mars.

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