DIARY: Fly this stunt straight to the moon

A new candidate for the title of ’biggest, most insane PR stunt ever proposed’ emerged last week: the US government’s 1958 plan to blow up the moon, or at least part of it.

A new candidate for the title of ’biggest, most insane PR stunt ever proposed’ emerged last week: the US government’s 1958 plan to blow up the moon, or at least part of it.

A new candidate for the title of ’biggest, most insane PR stunt

ever proposed’ emerged last week: the US government’s 1958 plan to blow

up the moon, or at least part of it.



Looking to cement its reputation as a world superpower following the

launch of Soviet satellite Sputnik, the US government explored the

possibility of detonating a nuclear bomb on the moon - and Leonard

Reiffel, one of the physicists who worked on the ’project,’ says it was

all in the name of PR.



’It was a PR device, without question, in the minds of people from the

Air Force,’ Reiffel told The New York Times.



The nuclear blast would have been visible from Earth, creating a huge

crater and sending out a cloud of dust in all directions - along with a

message that the nuclear might of the US was not to be

underestimated.



Alas, the physicists did some behind-the-scenes pro-moon PR, arguing

that there was no reason to disturb the pristine lunar environment.

’There were other ways to impress the public that we were not about to

be overwhelmed by the Russians,’ Reiffel added.



Fortunately, the US government found those ’other ways,’ or today we

might be staring at a perpetual crescent moon in the night sky.



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