Republican U.S. presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, in a Jan. 25 speech to hundreds of supporters on Florida’s Space Coast, shared what he unapologetically called a “grandiose” vision for the nation’s space program that would include establishing a lunar colony by 2020, Florida Today reported.
NASA should dedicate 10 percent of its budget to prizes that would spur innovation, Gingrich said, promising to shake up the agency’s bureaucracy. “You know how exciting [the space program] can be at its best,” he said. “You know what a total mess, what an embarrassment our current situation is.”
The former House speaker discussed his vision with two dozen aerospace industry and government representatives at an industry roundtable in Cocoa, some of whom expressed doubts about its political feasibility and concerns about its potential impact.
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