Recently, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich declared his support for the idea of a moon colony. Even more recently, he was roundly mocked for this even though manned space flight is one of the glories of American history. Wired asked space enthusiast Warren Elliswhat he thought of the plan:

I get the impression he didn’t really get warmed up until he reached Florida. Speaker Gingrich, as a “historian,” will be well aware that Nixon announced the Space Shuttle program to replace the closing Apollo program in order to retain Florida and keep the aerospace industry on his side. With Shuttle closing, it’s the most obvious thing in the world to walk into Florida and say, “I will give you all the money to build stuff.” You’ll probably see him do the same in California.

Ells offers much more on space and Earth’s relationship to the same in the interview.


The ruckus prompted cartoonist Sam Henderson to rerun his own thoughts on moon colonization utilization non humans.


  1. Darn, I thought that Ellis and Henderson were working together on something about monkeys. That would have been beyond awesome!