The moon has had a profound effect on the Earth and has shaped the entire evolution of the planet since it was formed 4.5 billion years ago after a planetoid crashed into the Earth. The moon has been there in orbit ever since pulling on the oceans and seas, creating a tidal bulge, and literally stirring life into creation. So what if we nuked it?
Blowing up the moon would have some dire consequences for our planet, somewhat like the film Oblivion where aliens decide the best way to take us out is to destroy the moon.
You might not know this, but Russia and the United States both had plans to nuke the moon. Back then the political and cultural tensions between the United States and Russia made such desperate plans seem almost reasonable. In 1958, the Armour Research Foundation developed a plan to nuke the moon with guidance from the United States Air Force.
The plan was said to be a study of the possible effects of a nuclear detonation on the lunar surface, and to ultimately judge the effectiveness of nuclear weapons in space. It actually turns out that both sides wanted to explode a nuclear weapon on the surface of the moon as a show of force and strength.
We might have not known about all of this if it wasn’t for Carl Sagan who was working on a classified project to detonate a nuclear device on the moon. The Russians also had their own plan called the ‘E Project’. Of course none of this happened and we ended up sending a man to the moon instead.
So the idea of nuking the moon isn’t a new idea. The question is why would you want to nuke the moon, and what would happen if we could?
Many of you probably already know that we simply don’t have the technology to blow up the moon.
Even if the Earth survived the effects of the moon being blown up, other space rocks could now hit the Earth. But that’s just the beginning.
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