Moon Breaker. Us Atomic Bomb Detonation Plans, on the Moon?
by brettjackson | on November 29, 2012
Moon Breaker! Us Atomic bomb detonation plans………on the moon?
Yes, you read that right!
The US had plans to Nuke the moon.
Is this real? Or is someone Clowning around?
This possible Moon breaker was a top-secret plan, developed by the U.S. Air Force in 1958.
At the time, US andUSSRwere in the middle of a nuclear arms race which lasted for many years.
The secret project was titled “A Study of Lunar Research Flights.” And nick named “Project A-119.”
It was headed up by physicist Leonard Reiffel, now 85.
The Moon Breaker project entailed a plan to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile, from an undisclosed location, and for it to travel some 240,000 miles to the moon, and detonate on impact.
But Reiffel said he new nothing of these conversations.
News of this Moon breaker plan by the US surfaced when CNN aquired a 1959 report, written by Reiffel and de-classified years ago.
But what possible motivation could US Air force have to detonate a nuclear device on the moon?
According to Reffel, it was 3 fold. Scientific, Military and political.
Scientific Reason to detonate the moon breaker:
A nuclear detonation on the moon could yield information “…concerning the capability of nuclear weapons for space warfare.” In 1959 there was apparently “discussion of the moon as military high ground.”
Military or political Reasons to detonate the moon breaker:
The theory and reasoning being that, if Soviet Union were to bomb and cripple US, then the US could launch a counter strike from a nuclear launch site on the moon.
So would this nuke have been a Moon Breaker and possibly destroyed the moon?
According to Reiffel, the device sent to the moon would have been miniscule in comparison to nuclear bombs detonated here on earth. So small in fact, that it would not even have been visible from earth through a good telescope at the time.
So, if we could not have seen the explosion from our home telescopes, how do we know that a detonation on the moon didn’t happen?
Reiffel says that the project was abandoned by the US air force for a few good reasons:
- They didn’t want to clutter up the natural radioactivities of the moon with additional radioactivity from the Earth.
- The project planners weren’t sure if the weapons were reliable, and feared that there would be a significant public backlash in theU.S.
The A-119 Moon Breaker project simply disappeared within the Pentagon files, and when Contacted by CNN on the subject recently, the Air Force declined to comment.
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