Close BrainDrops: The US Considered Nuking the Moon BrainDrops: We almost nuked the moon Keith Carson, WCSH 9:53 PM. EDT April 10, 2017 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST A division of the United States government once considered dropping a nuclear bomb on the moon. Seriously. A declassified report by the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center from June 1959 lays out the plan, nicknamed Project A119. (Project A120 was sharks with laser beams on their heads...)The goal of this operation was to investigate the capability of weapons in space, as well gain further insight into the space environment and the detention of nuclear devices. ”The motivation for such a detonation is clearly threefold: scientific, military, and political.” The political part? To show Russia how very nuclear we could be if it came down to it.Needless to say, better judgment won out. © 2017 WCSH-TV CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment TRENDING VIDEOS Westbrook sports coach arraigned for sexual assault NEWS CENTER Video Forecast Make your own Shoebox eclipse viewer 6 police officers shot in Florida, Pennsylvania A solar eclipse explained NEWS CENTER Video Forecast WCSH Breaking News Blue Angels in Brunswick JSO provides an update on Westside shooting where 2 officers were shot NOW: Are these your pictures? More Stories Legend Jerry Lewis dead at age 91 Aug 20, 2017, 2:13 p.m. #ClearTheShelters: Bring home your new best friend Jul 24, 2017, 7:58 a.m. Portland to gather for racial justice Aug 20, 2017, 8:52 a.m.