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Election 2012

NASA's Plan B to Build a Moon Base

By Keith Cowing
February 1, 2012
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To the moon? It’s not that loony, MSNBC
“GOP hopeful Mitt Romney says that he’d fire anyone who suggested spending hundreds of billions of dollars to build a moon colony — but what about tens of billions of dollars? A former NASA adviser says he and others at the space agency drew up an approach that could put astronauts on the moon for $40 billion, as a “Plan B” for future exploration. “We figured out at NASA how to do it in about 10 years for $40 billion,” said Charles Miller, who recently left his position as NASA Headquarters’ senior adviser for commercial space and is now president of NextGen Space. “The question is, would Mitt Romney fire me for a proposal to return to the moon for $40 billion?”

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