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NASA Sets Sights on Robot-Built Moon Colony

It may not be quite Earth-like enough to be habitable, but the Moon is our closest planetary body, and that proximity would make it ideal for an extraplanetary base of operations. NASA is now seriously considering that option, and may send robots to terraform a crater on the lunar South Pole.

In a crowded presidential field during the 2012 US elections, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich came up with a bold plan to make himself stand out among the crowd. While his competitors debated the economy, foreign policy, and Rick Santorum’s fear of pornography, Gingrich stepped forward to promise the American people his own childhood dream: moon bases.

“By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon, and it will be American,” he said.

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