Newt Gingrich’s dreams of moon colony squashed by 1967 treaty

ab2b7c8e63b4796d65570ef68300290b

On Thursday night, during the GOP debate, CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked candidates about their plans regarding our the United States space program, an issue that directly concerns Florida as many space missions launch from the state.

While Romney agreed that space exploration “should certainly be a priority,” Gingrich was more bold, adding that he would like to go back to the moon “permanently” and working to ensure that we get to Mars “as rapidly as possible.”

Gingrich also vowed to voters in Cocoa, Florida on Wednesday that by the end of his second term “we will have the first permanent base on the moon — and it will be American.” Adding that by 2020, “the U.S. flag would once again
be planted on the moon” and that America would have would have “a permanent lunar
base.”

Unfortunately for Newt, though, his plans for space domination will need to stay in his (very active) imagination: An American moon state would violate the
Outer Space Treaty of 1967, between the USSR, UK, and USA.

The treaty states:

    “The exploration and use of outer space shall be carried out for
the benefit and in the interests of all countries and shall be the
province of all mankind.

    Outer space shall be free for exploration and use by all States.

   
Outer space is not subject to national appropriation by claim of
sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.”

On the bright side, Newt’s dreams of space sex are not subject to any treaties — except the treaties of the heart, which as we all know are notoriously loose.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on…

National

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all…

By Stephanie NebehayGENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance…

International

North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia:…

A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper…

Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 29,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on August 29, 31 and 31. Several streets and avenues will be…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…