Project A119 planned nuclear devastation of the moon
Pretty cool article on a little-known historical moment in time when the U.S. thought of blowing up the moon in the ’50s as a sign of dominance during the initial timeframe of the Cold War. The project was called ‘Project A119,’ by far the least coolest sounding name (compared to Project MK Ultra, MONARCH, etc.). Carl Sagan was involved and got in a bit of trouble for revealing the project in his academic applications in 1959.
The project proposed firing a missile with the atomic bomb towards the moon in the hopes that it would crush the momentum of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik satellite victory in the space race. The bombing was cancelled in favor of a moon landing instead. The government doesn’t officially recognize the project, but supposedly it is spelled out in the ‘A Study of Lunar Research Flights.’ The study was brought to light in the mid-90s when a biography was being researched for Carl Sagan’s life, and an FOIA was filed in which the study was found, and also found that several other related reports were destroyed.