Newt Gingritch has promised a moon base for America by the year 2020. This is a bold promise by an American congressman with the country sinking into debt paying the trillion dollar cost of the Iraq war. The Republican presidential candidate has made the grandiose boast at a meeting with the public near Cape Canaveral, the site of the launch of the Saturn 5 rockets that took Apollo astronauts to the moon in 1969. Returning to the moon would allow America to create a foothold on another body in space and begin the journey out to Mars. I am not sure if this will actually take place, Russia and China are dominating space exploration right now, it is not made clear whether this is just an election promise or if this will really happen. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120126/newt-gingrich-promises-moon-base-2020. The possibility of a space base on the moon is an intriguing one and we will have to wait and see if this is a real possibility, or just an election stunt. A moon base would require resupply from the ground until they got some hydroponics working to grow food. There is plenty of sunlight on the moon and the use of solar panels and batteries would have to do until they could construct a nuclear reactor to power the base. There are Russian rockets going into space to service the International Space Station, so it might not be too difficult to send a rocket to the moon.