In answering a question on whether going back to the Moon is a national security issue, Gingrich states that, “…there is no better example of the tragedy of bureaucracy than NASA“. While mentioning the Chinese push to go to the Moon, Gingrich does not go on to actually answer the challenge of the Chinese’ push to the Moon other than to say that “…we need to fundamentally rethink our program in space“.
A correction is due as the former House Speaker does not have some of his fact right. At the time that Kennedy made his speech before Congress to go to the Moon on May 15, 1961, the total time in space was 15 minutes 28 seconds, not 3 hours as Gingrich states. America’s only manned space mission at the time was Mercury-Redstone 3, Alan Shepard’s sub-orbital mission on Freedom 7 on May 5, 1961.
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