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Fraser
2012-Jan-26, 03:40 AM
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich campaigned in Florida on Wednesday, and made some audacious claims if he would become President of the United States: “By the end of my second term we will have the first permanent base on the Moon and it will be American,” Gingrich said. He also said that near-Earth space would [...]

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Daffy
2012-Jan-26, 03:46 AM
I wonder how he intends to fund it?

trinitree88
2012-Jan-26, 03:48 PM
I wonder how he intends to fund it?

Daffy.....with opals we mine from Mars?....SEE:http://www.google.com/imgres?q=opals+on+Mars&hl=en&biw=823&bih=517&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=cUuXa1oY-jJHCM:&imgrefurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm%3Frelease%3D2008-198&docid=dchzLjj07FTTRM&imgurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/mro/20081028/milliken-browse.jpg&w=640&h=350&ei=FHUhT9KgNuTn0QGR0b3tCA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=319&vpy=66&dur=9047&hovh=166&hovw=304&tx=146&ty=110&sig=103913025248238443577&page=1&tbnh=107&tbnw=196&start=0&ndsp=6&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0

IsaacKuo
2012-Jan-26, 04:36 PM
I wonder how he intends to fund it?
Apparently free market competition fairy dust. By cutting 10% of NASA's budget from its current allocation and devoting it to competition prizes, supposedly this will cause a bunch of deep pocketed enterprises to sink a lot of resources to develop the new hardware required really really fast.

Which is a fine theory if you actually believe that aerospace firms chasing after a competition prize are capable of doing things at a tenth the cost and several times faster than the same aerospace firms paid on a contract basis.

redshifter
2012-Jan-26, 06:54 PM
Promises promises...

swampyankee
2012-Jan-26, 08:07 PM
Even more unlikely when one asks the question "what's in it for them after the prizes." What's on Mars that can't be obtained more cheaply on Earth?