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“I think the number is 13,000 — when we have 13,000 Americans living on the moon, they can petition to become a state,” recalled Gingrich.
The crowd in Cocoa, Florida responded with both laughter and applause.
“By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American,” Gingrich added. “We will have commercial near-Earth activities that include science, tourism and manufacturing.”
outer space is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means;
States shall be responsible for national space activities whether carried out by governmental or non-governmental entities;
By the time U.S. astronauts return to the moon they may need permission to touch down -- from China, which is laying the groundwork for a lunar land grab, says long-time space advocate and entrepreneur Robert Bigelow.
Does China Want To Own The Moon? Although treaties forbid ownership, the powerful nation would have little resistance when laying claim to lunar resources.
Why Newt Gingrich can't have his state on the moon
Originally posted by DelMarvel
And how is he planning to finance this? He's bringing this up in Florida to cater to everyone whose livelihood has been damaged by cuts in the government financed space program.
Originally posted by SG-17
reply to post by DelMarvel
NASA has an $18 billion annual budget. We've saved over $802 billion by leaving Iraq.