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Newt Gingrich Wanted to Send Citizens to Space via Lottery
Kathleen Wilson

Lucky winner of the Newt Gingrich space lottery... or actress Kathleen Wilson riding a rocket in a unitard in 1937? You decide.

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The moon wasn't the only place Newt Gingrich's ideas might be considered "far out."

Back in his 1984 book, "Window of Opportunity: A Blueprint for the Future," he suggested a national lottery to send a random citizen into space on the Space Shuttle.

He also seemed to like an proposal made at a NASA symposium to light the country's highways and even parts of cities with a system of giant space mirrors.

For more, check out the full story on Politifact.com.

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