Space exploration: Return to Moon Base Gingrich | The Economist

DESPITE receiving a round kicking, Newt Gingrich is not giving up on his moon base. To support his cause, Mr Gingrich has invoked the two animating forces of a previous space age: John F. Kennedy’s vision of sending a man to the moon and the threat of some other nation getting there first. This is standard fare in […]

Gingrich Promises Space Coast Voters the Moon

By Irene Klotz

COCOA, Fla. — Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich staked out new ground in his quest to win the Republican U.S. presidential nomination with a plan to win the hearts and votes of space enthusiasts dispirited by the lull in U.S. human spaceflight and what some perceive as lackluster plans for […]

Newt Gingrich’s moon base idea takes center stage at the GOP debate in Florida

By ROBIN BRAVENDER | 1/27/12 1:08 AM EST

MIAMI, Fla. — If aliens were watching from outer space, even they might have been shocked by the amount of time devoted to space travel in Thursday’s presidential debate.

Newt Gingrich excited Florida’s struggling space coast this week when he pledged to industry executives that he would colonize […]

Newt Gingrich Defends Space Exploration, Moon Colony During GOP Debate In Florida (VIDEO)


During the GOP debate in Florida Thursday night, CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked the candidates what they would do about the nation’s foundering space program, an issue with significant implications for Florida, where many space missions launch.

I’m not looking for a colony on the moon,” Mitt Romney said, a clear jab […]

Newt Gingrich promises moon base by the end of his second term

“To infinity and beyond!” is the theme of Gingrich’s latest campaign pitch: a lunar colony within eight years

There are two givens in any election campaign: 1) the candidates will make grand promises that they can never keep and 2) they will pander to their audience at every opportunity.

But on Wednesday, Newt “grandiose […]

Gingrich plans major speeches, including one on space


Posted byCNN’s Gregory Wallace

(CNN) – Riding the momentum of his South Carolina win on Saturday, Newt Gingrich said Sunday he planned a week of big speeches offering “big solutions for a big country.”

“I’ll be at the space coast in Florida this week giving a speech — a visionary speech — on the […]

Former Senators Sign on as Lobbyists for Space Company

Former U.S. senators Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and John Breaux (D-La.) are part of a team of Patton Boggs lobbyists advocating for a commercial space transportation company, according to paperwork filed with Congress on Thursday.

The former senators and three of their Patton colleagues represent Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX. They […]

Congressional Spending Plan Slashes CCDev Request by 52 Percent

Credit: Parabolic Arc Space Blog

Lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a NASA budget that will provide $406 million to the Commercial Crew Development program, a 52 percent decrease from the $850 million requested by the Obama Administration. The amount exactly splits the difference between the $312 million the House proposed and the $500 million […]

More on NASA funding in the FY12 conference report

Credit: Space Politics Blog

Here’s the breakdown of the final conference report funding for NASA compared to the President’s original budget request (PBR) and the versions of the budget passed by the House Appropriations Committee (HAC) and Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC):

PBR HAC SAC Final Science $5,016.80 $4,504.00 $5,100.00 $5,090.00 Aeronautics $569.40 $569.93 $501.00 $569.90 […]

House hearing today on NASA’s planetary exploration plans

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The space subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee is holding a hearing today on “Exploring Mars and Beyond: What’s Next for U.S. Planetary Science?”. Appearing before the committee are Jim Green, the director of NASA’s planetary science division, and Steve Squyres, the chair of the most recent planetary […]