Revealed: How the U.S. planned to blow up the MOON with a nuclear bomb to win Cold War bragging rights over Soviet UnionSubmitted by emalvini on Sat, 12/01/2012 - 18:07
Revealed: How the U.S. planned to blow up the MOON with a nuclear bomb to win Cold War bragging rights over Soviet Union
Scientists were hoping for giant flash on the moon that would intimidate the Soviet Union
Aim of mission was to launch the nuke by 1959
Plan was later scrapped due to possible danger to people on Earth
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 14:06 EST, 25 November 2012 | UPDATED: 17:37 EST, 25 November 2012
It may sound like a plot straight out of a science fiction novel, but a U.S. mission to blow up the moon with a nuke was very real in the 1950s.
At the height of the space race, the U.S. considered detonating an atom bomb on the moon as a display of America's Cold War muscle.
The secret project, innocuously titled 'A Study of Lunar Research Flights' and nicknamed 'Project A119,' was never carried out.