Here, in the early part of the 21st Century, the United States does not have a manned space program. Instead, the U.S. is reduced to buying seats on Russian spacecraft that were designed decades ago. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich fixes the blame on NASA in his new book “Breakout: Prisoners of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past,and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America’s Fate.” While the space agency maintains a robust unmanned program, the “bureaucratization of space,” has stymied America’s progress.
Gingrich does credit NASA for robotic missions to Mars that have gotten closer to finding signs of life. But free-market incentives are needed . Gingrich, says, to rejuvenate the manned space program. That means returning to the moon and eventually sending people to Mars. During his presidential campaign, the Georgia Republican expressed support for building a colony on the moon.
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