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Election 2012

Space Policy Discussed in Florida Debate

By Keith Cowing
January 24, 2012
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Romney, Gingrich talk spaceflight at latest Republican debate, Foxboro
“Both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich stressed the importance of space exploration for the United States, saying a strong space program helps develop key technologies and inspires young people to study science and engineering. But during the debate, held at the University of South Florida in Tampa, neither candidate said giving NASA more money was the right way forward.”

GOP contenders want private sector to rescue space program, Washington Post
“Romney says the space exploration should be a priority. He’s calling on NASA to partner with the military and private business interests and educational institutions to help pay for it. Gingrich wants to offer the private sector special prizes. He says that such incentives, as opposed to a government spending, would help Americans go back to the moon, explore Mars, and develop extraterrestrial space exploration.”
GOP Wants Private Sector To Rescue Space Program, CBS DC
“Gingrich wants to offer the private sector special prizes. He says that such incentives, as opposed to a government spending, would help Americans go back to the moon, explore Mars, and develop extraterrestrial space exploration. Gingrich says the prizes could create a romantic and exciting future for the space program.”

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