It’s public knowledge that the US was interested in testing nukes on the moon. But did they actually do it? One high ranking military officials thinks so.
At first there was Project A119, also known as A Study of Lunar Research Flights, was a top-secret plan developed in 1958 by the United States Air Force. The aim of the project was to detonate a nuclear bomb on the Moon, which would help in answering some of the mysteries in planetary astronomy and astrogeology.
If the explosive device detonated on the surface, not in a lunar crater, the flash of explosive light would have been faintly visible to people on Earth with their naked eye, a show of force resulting in a possible boosting of domestic morale in the capabilities of the United States.
The project was never carried out, being cancelled primarily out of a fear of a negative public reaction, with the potential militarization of space that it would also have signified, and because a Moon landing would undoubtedly be a more popular achievement in the eyes of the American and international public alike.
But then in 2009 NASA revealed that they crashed a rocket and a satellite into the moon’s surface. Nasa’s mission’s goal was to scan for water in dust kicked up by crash.
But was it just a rocket and a satellite or they actually tried to detonate a nuclear device on the moon?