"A lot of the media have made fun of Gingrich for this
plan. The irony is they're doing it for the wrong reason.
A Moon base is being likened to science fiction, just some silly
fluff. But that's grossly unfair.
exploration is an issue that's important. It's vital to our
a host of reasons, but it is also costly in every sense of
the word. If we go, we should go for the right reasons, and we
should do it the right way. If we go, we must go to stay.
The budget for this can't be set up on political election cycles,
it must be based on the real constraints of engineering and
technology, and far more importantly it must be based on a
commitment to the future. If we do this, we must invest in the
-- Phil Plait,
2012-01-27 [thanks to
linking to it]