Yanks tried to blow up the moon

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The world is not enough.

US 'planned to blow up the Moon' - Telegraph


US 'planned to blow up the Moon'
The US planned to blow up the moon with a nuclear bomb during the Cold War as a show of strength, according to reports.




American military chiefs allegedly devised the secret project, named 'A Study of Lunar Research Flights' – or 'Project A119' – in the hope that the Soviet Union would be intimidated by viewing the nuclear flash from Earth.
It would give the US a much needed morale boost after the Russians successfully launched Sputnik in 1957, according to physicist Leonard Reiffel, who was involved in the project.
According to the report in The Sun, the US would have used an atom bomb, because a hydrogen bomb would have been too heavy. The planning reportedly included calculations by astronomer Carl Sagan, who was then a young graduate.
Military officials however reportedly abandoned the idea, which would have taken place in 1959, because of fears that it would have an adverse effect on Earth should the explosion fail.
The project documents were kept secret for nearly 45 years, and the US government has never formally confirmed its involvement in the study.
 
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How exactly did the conversation that came up with this idea go?

"Hmm, how do we show those damn commies that we've got a bigger stick?"

"Dave, I've got an idea..."
 
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I'm sure there was a newspaper article in the early sixties (I was a mere nipper) that spoke about a US plan to detonate a nuclear weapon on the moon. It was much talked about in the playground.
 
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You'd have to ask at what level it was actually "planned". The Septics draw up plans for the most bizarre things and to counter the weirdest potential scenarios. Usually as nothing more than an exercise in creating plans.
 
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I'm sure there was a newspaper article in the early sixties (I was a mere nipper) that spoke about a US plan to detonate a nuclear weapon on the moon. It was much talked about in the playground.
There was a suggestion at stage I recall that if the manned missions revealed evidence of valuable mineral deposits, they could me 'mined' with nukes.
 
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"Military officials however reportedly abandoned the idea, which would have taken place in 1959, because of fears that it would have an adverse effect on Earth should the explosion fail."
Fuck me that's an understatement, if ever there was one!
 
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