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US planned to detonate nuke on the Moon

Posted on Tuesday, 27 November, 2012 | Comment icon 101 comments | News tip by: sean6

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During the Cold War the United States considered lanching and detonating a nuclear bomb on the Moon.

The plan was aimed at intimidating the Soviets by putting on a decisive display of America's muscle. Tentatively named "A Study of Lunar Research Flights", the project would have seen a missile carrying a nuclear device being launched from an undetermined location and travelling 238,000 miles to the moon where it would have impacted and exploded on the surface. A young Carl Sagan ( who was only a graduate student at the time ) was involved in calculating the dust and gas generated by the explosion.

Ultimately however the plan was scrapped, mainly due to the risks posed in the event of a failure and because there was concerns over contaminating the Moon with radioactive material.

"At the height of the space race, the US considered detonating an atom bomb on the moon as a display of America's Cold War muscle."

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Comment icon #92 Posted by coolguy on 29 November, 2012, 5:44
I glad they did not do this..
Comment icon #93 Posted by coldethyl on 29 November, 2012, 22:49
Hey, I've lived and been to other countries, America ain't that bad. I'm not for blowing stuff up tho. Right now anyway. I'm kinda live and let live as long as you leave me alone and nobody's hurting anyone else person. Is that a sentence? I dunno. I like Canadians and the Brits loads, but I'm happy where I am. Damn the Brits have the best tv and Trailer Park Boys rocks.
Comment icon #94 Posted by Tsa-La-Gie Oyate on 10 December, 2012, 9:47
-Sir...Are your suggesting we blow up the moon? -Would you miss it? Would miss it? ____________________________________________________________ Though a nuclear detonation's effect on the moon would vary. The would be planet wide effects of not having a moon...anymore. The tidal forces will go crazy without the Moon to stabilize the tides and sea levels dramatically change. The Moon holds importance to the balance of nature on Earth, therefore we need the Moon...I hate to see someone use the Moon as a nuclear testing ground, like humans devastated our planet now have to go onto other worlds to... [More]
Comment icon #95 Posted by Ely on 10 December, 2012, 9:54
timestamp='[/color]1354058998' post='4556611']Like this - The Sun is like Fox News and The Daily Mail.. Meaning, they will print any old garbage ... Very good morning Everyone, hey 'Beckys Mom'!, I'm sorry for you but this was actually a fact, but not to nuke the moon but to nuke buildings (a non-terrestrial non-U.S. base) on it, PROOFS: http[/color]:// (full, 40+ minutes)2003 Spanish TV/video documentary of almost 50 minutes by Spaniard ufologist Juan José Benítez, better known in the UFO Spanish-speaking world as J.J. Be... [More]
Comment icon #96 Posted by Ely on 10 December, 2012, 13:01
Comment icon #97 Posted by Ely on 10 December, 2012, 22:14
i meant: in its entry of Juanjo, & also of all other wiki entries about UM-related topics!. Lies & lies everywhere there!
Comment icon #98 Posted by rampaging redneck on 16 December, 2012, 4:32
Why? Because 'Murica!
Comment icon #99 Posted by .AKUMA. on 17 December, 2012, 17:44
Ermmm and how exactley would the us "blow up the moon" this article is as daft as the people who belived it! No nuclear bomb on the planet is capable of destroying the moon.
Comment icon #100 Posted by bassai26 on 17 August, 2013, 4:19
what the hell are they thinking at that time?!although it cannot be destroyed by just nuclear alone...then a cobalt bomb...
Comment icon #101 Posted by coldethyl on 17 August, 2013, 13:05
Ressurecting dead threads is punishible by irritation.

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