America no longer has a manned space program. Just a few decades after landing men on the moon, the U.S. has put itself in a position where it must now purchase seats on Russian spacecraft. This is a sad reality that can be reversed if private enterprise can be enticed to step in. That's what former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says in his new book Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America’s Fate.
During his presidential campaign, Gingrich called for establishing a manned base on the moon. Although he was criticized in the media for floating a seemingly impractical proposal, returning to the moon has been official government policy for some time. The Russians, Chinese, and other international competitors are all pressing ahead with ambitious plans that could leave the U.S. behind. Gingrich places the blame squarely on NASA.