Newt Gingrich sorry but Moon base is illegal violates the space treaty of 1967Submitted by Neverquit on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 22:36
Now my personal opinion is that Newt was just pandering to the people of NASA that recently lost their jobs, he had no intentions of opening a moon base, he is just a great liar. But even if he meant his statements, they are illegal.
Not only is Newt's plan for lunar statehood completely insane—it's also against the law! Not just any law, but space law, the most powerful of all laws, because it comes from the sky. Sorry, Newt.
BuzzFeed points out that Gingrich's plan for an emphatically American moon colony and resultant 51st Moon State violates the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which was pitched by the USSR, UK, and USA. Back then, the worry was putting nukes on the moon pointed at Moscow and/or Washington. Fast forward several decades, and it's spoiling Candidate Gingrich's low-gravity wet dream.
The treaty states, among other things, that: