The top GOP moments in 2012: Newt promises to colonize the moon

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By msnbc staff
File Photos: This combo of photos shows (L) the full moon behind clouds on early December 21, 2010, seen from the northeastern German town of Petersdorf ...
File Photos: This combo of photos shows (L) the full moon behind clouds on early December 21, 2010, seen from the northeastern German town of Petersdorf ...
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Newt Gingrich, we have a problem. At least that’s what space experts said after the Republican presidential candidate proposed a seemingly impossible space plan for America, which included flights to Mars by 2020 and a plan to have 13,000 Americans inhabit the moon. Space experts called the former House speaker’s proposal “a gimmick” to lure Florida voters.

Gingrich put forth the plan about a week before the primary in the Sunshine State, whose economy relies heavily on the space industry.

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The top GOP moments in 2012: Newt promises to colonize the moon

Updated