A general, Newt Gingrich and Michael Jackson’s publicist push cut-rate moon plan

Politico (EU) | Aug 19, 2019 at 11:24 AM
  • Newt Gingrich and an eclectic band of NASA skeptics are trying sell President Donald Trump on a reality show-style plan to jump-start the return of humans to the moon — at a fraction of the space agency’s estimated price tag.
  • Potential contestants in the competition to build a settlement on the moon, according to the plan, include the Blue Moon lander vehicle being built by Bezos’ Blue Origin; the 100-passenger Starship being developed by Musk’s SpaceX; and the conceptual Xeus lander from United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
  • The group has held several recent meetings with administration officials, including an early strategy session featuring Gingrich.