It isn’t just that Newt Gingrich wants us to go back to the moon or that he wants to set up a colony there. He is thinking that when the population of the lunar colony reaches 13,000 the moon could apply for statehood. Yes the notion is crazy, absurd, and inappropriate. But imagine! The moon as the USA’s 51st state! Think how indignant the rest of the world would be, looking up in the night sky and seeing America.First Read – Gingrich promises US moon colony by 2020.