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 Mexico resort drowning death a mystery for Wisconsin family State police hold presser regarding discovery of body along Rte. 193 in Washington County Sen.JohnMcCaindiagnosedwithbraincancer NOW: Baby seal rescued 207 Thunder Lewiston apartment scam Largest municipal project underway Mill Shutdown Firefighters rescue dog that suffered smoke inhalation Grieving Pets More Stories OJ Simpson granted parole in Nevada robbery Jul 20, 2017, 9:24 a.m. Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dies in LA at 41 Jul 20, 2017, 2:24 p.m. LePage leaves open the possibility of a U.S. Senate run Jul 20, 2017, 9:50 a.m.