Newt Gingrich Is Right About Having A Permanent Moon Base

Earth To MoonYes, “Gingrich” and “right” in the same sentence is very strange: Saturday Night Live managed to successfully mock this derided idea in a recent well received sketch (which I thought was reminiscent of that show’s style from the ’70s). Here is a differing perspective presented by Robert T. Gonzalez on io9.com:

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has promised us a permanent Moon base by 2020. Many people have been calling Newt’s vow a publicity stunt, while others have chimed in by attacking the idea of a lunar base in and of itself, with assertions like “real scientists know [a Moon base] is fantasy.” We won’t speak to Newt’s political maneuverings, but we’re sure as hell not going to sit idly by while people bash the feasibility or scientific potential of a lunar settlement. In fact, we’ve got 185 reasons we should set a course straight away …

An Off-World Energy Source: We spoke to astrophysicist Michael Shara — curator of the astrophysics department at the American Museum of Natural History — about the scientific potential of a permanent Moon base, and one of the first things to come up was lunar resource utilization.

“Lunar geology is in its infancy,” he explained. “Helium 3 and rare earth element mining would be a major industry.” What is Helium-3? Remember the stuff they were mining in Duncan Jones’ Moon? That was helium-3 — a non-radioactive isotope of helium with huge potential in nuclear fusion research and alternative energy applications. Yes it really exists, yes it really is rare on Earth, and yes it really could make a one-way-trip to the Moon totally worth it. Not only would it make for a great off-world alternative energy source, it would also provide on-site support for expansion and development on the Moon itself.

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  • VOICE_OF_REASON

    Main reason; DID it occur to the idiot deniers.. that Russia & China have TOTAL CONTROL & ACCESS TO OUR SATELLITES, in space?? [ THEY NOW, HAVE CONTROL OVER OUR ENTIRE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM ] from the stupid & DANGEROUS decision, to give up our access!! Space is being WEAPONIZED… by other countries now, because WE gave up the ability to check them!!  Can you see the bigger picture here?? We are defenseless!! Thats not smart. Its not about the MOON.. Newt knows whats going on up there, he just didnt want to scare you folks! Its time AMERICANS, started THINKING for themselves!!  DO WE TRUST RUSSIA & CHINA,  with our Country’s safety, security, & communications system?? or. to let us know when a missile..is coming our way???

    • InTheDoldrums

      Voice of reason? Try voice of paranoid delusion.

      • gwen jackson

         lol, i was just about to say it.
        the voice of reason shouts in ALL CAPS and ends sentences with three or four question marks?
        ARE YOU SHITTING ME????

    • InTheDoldrums

      A politician that doesn’t want to scare americans? What planet are you from? Scaring americans and capitalizing on their fears is right in the republican wheelhouse.

      • Pinion

        Actually, that’s more a liberal tactic.  Why do you think liberals have the “welfare” vote in every single election?  Because they keep the welfare folks scared to death that the republicans are going to just get voted in and cut off their checks.

        • InTheDoldrums

          IRAQ. FUCKING. WAR.

    • gwen jackson

       lol, now i see how people feel when they try to read my own incoherent rantings sometimes. well done sir! Touche`!

    • Redacted

      The Chinese couldn’t find space if it was in a pack of ramen noodles and the Russians, well are Russian.

    • JaceD

      China, Russia, USA, I’d prefer it if they all fucked off.

      • Nunzio X

         Me too, and I’m American.

    • Nunzio X

       I don’t think I’d assume the US doesn’t have the ability to destroy anything orbiting the Earth.

      It would surprise the hell out of me if there isn’t a military shuttle or some other device capable of floating close enough to an “enemy” satellite to deliver a 50-caliber death blow…you honestly believe the US wouldn’t violate space treaties in its own “interests?”

      • InTheDoldrums

        The Air Force just had that mini drone shuttle thing tested didn’t they? I don’t remember what they called it.

  • InTheDoldrums

    There is a whole lot of shit we need to get sorted out down here, before we try to move into space. If we go at all, which given current global circumstances seems pretty goddamn unlikely.

  • MoralDrift

    Honestly, it’s the only thing I agree with Newt on….colonization of space and the development of space-faring technology should in the top 3 priorities of every major nation and powerful international bloc. Instead it gets relegated down to somewhere in the 8 or 9 slot next to curing cancer or something stupid which will never happen. :P

    If you dont see humanities future in the stars…then I’m not even on the same page as you.Petty Earth problems will always exist as long as we remain bound to this planet. I do not believe it would be long after humans started routinely venturing into space in mass numbers that the entire false concept of “nation, race, ethnicity” would fall by the wayside as we realize that compared to the rest of the universe we are all the same….no need for nations anymore. Perhaps we can set forth to invent a new universal language as well….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5DBPKATHZZQHZ3SVGGYOFX7RWE Non Amous

    its wasn’t a moon ‘base’ it was a moon ‘colony’

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