i can't seem to find anything listed on here about this fact i just learned, so i figured i'd share it. DID YOU KNOW that the US and the soviet union considered detonating nuclear bombs on the moon?
to quote russ kick:
"...the United States and the Soviet Union have seriously considered exploding atomic bombs on the Moon.
It was the late 1950s and the Cold War was extremely chilly. Someone in the US government got the bright idea of nuking the Moon, and in 1958 the Air Force Special Weapons Center spearheaded the project (labeled A119, 'A Study of Lunar Research Flights").
The idea was to shock and awe the Soviet Union, and everybody else, with a massive display of American nuclear might. What better demonstration than an atomic nuclear explosion on our closest celestial neighbor? According to the reports, the flash would've been visible to the naked eye on Earth."
"Carl Sagan was among the scientists lending his intellectual muscle...."
"The Soviet Union got in on the act, also in the late 1950s. Project E4 would've used a probe armed with an A-bomb to blast the Moon, apparently as a display of one-upmanship. The idea reached the stage of a full scale model, but was aborted for fear of the probe falling back to Earth."
personally, i think it's "WOW."