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US planned to build spy base on the moon

Posted on Monday, 21 July, 2014 | Comment icon 21 comments

The US had big plans for the moon in 1959. Image Credit: NASA/Dennis M. Davidson
Newly declassified documents have revealed a plan from 1959 to build a lunar surveillance station.
Known as "Project Horizon", the ambitious endeavor would have seen the construction of an outpost on the moon designed to "facilitate communications with the Earth" while providing unrivaled observational capabilities.

The declassified documents, which were released to coincide with the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the lunar surface, also detailed plans to build a moon-based weapons system that could attack targets on the Earth as well as in space.

The files even tried to calculate the effects of a nuclear detonation on the moon, including what the explosion would do to potential extraterrestrial life forms if any were to be found there.

Thankfully however none of these proposed ideas ever came to pass and instead within the space of a decade we saw the remarkable spectacle of the Apollo astronauts taking a 'giant leap' for mankind in a peaceful mission of exploration and discovery.

Source: ABC News | Comments (21)

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Comment icon #12 Posted by RabidMongoose on 21 July, 2014, 14:16
Funny, I could have swarn blind you got that from the film Iron Sky. We come in peace!
Comment icon #13 Posted by spartan max2 on 21 July, 2014, 14:25
We should of built a base on the moon. We have a base everywhere else
Comment icon #14 Posted by bubblykiss on 21 July, 2014, 14:29
So this report was classified? Because the gov't thought making dozens of landings to moon would go unnoticed by the world?
Comment icon #15 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 21 July, 2014, 16:48
Yes Probably not. Just because you can't hide something once you start it doesn't mean that it is isn't sensible to keep the plans secret BEFORE you start it. No sane government makes public it's future plans for defence. The last thing you want to do is give a potential enemy more time than is necessary to formulate a response.
Comment icon #16 Posted by magikgoddess on 21 July, 2014, 21:11
Comment icon #17 Posted by shrooma on 21 July, 2014, 21:55
. what about all the poor Clangers? and the Soup Dragon? does that mean they'll all end up over here, stealing our Earth jobs....?! .
Comment icon #18 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 22 July, 2014, 14:54
In 1959, I was picturing a moon base more like Dr. Evil's haha.
Comment icon #19 Posted by maximusnow on 23 July, 2014, 14:01
We would be amazed at what already exist in space. How many years was the Stealth a reality before it was made public?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 23 July, 2014, 17:52
And how many years did everyone know it existed before it was made public? You could buy plastic model kits of it even whilst the USAF was neither confirming or denying it's existence. It's even harder to hide a spacecraft. You can restrict an aircraft to only flying over uninhabited areas, orbital mechanics don't allow you that luxury with a spacecraft.
Comment icon #21 Posted by maximusnow on 24 July, 2014, 18:26
Very true sir, good point.

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