Dem congressional candidate warns of 'militarization of space'

A Democratic congressional hopeful from Massachusetts is warning about the dangers of militarizing space, arguing that the moon could become a potential staging ground.

“Is it absolutely true that a large rock fired into Earth from the moon using propellants would be more powerful and 100s of nuclear weapons,” Brianna Wu, a video game developer who is running to unseat Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), wrote on Twitter early Tuesday morning.

That tweet was eventually deleted from Wu’s Twitter account.

“Like, you can all make fun of that statement, but it will still be true. This is why the militarization of space is so dangerous.”

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Wu’s comments followed an announcement on Monday that the private spaceflight company SpaceX is aiming to send two tourists around the moon and back to Earth in 2018.

The mission would mark the first time in more than 40 years that humans have travelled beyond Earth’s low orbit.

Wu launched a series of tweets early Tuesday morning, voicing concern over the prospect of a private company heading the expedition around the moon. Such a trip, she said, gives a private entity a “frightening amount of power.”

She also argued that the U.S. was no longer seriously funding NASA, and acknowledged SpaceX was working to fill the vacuum created in space exploration.