In the 1950s, when the former Soviet Union (USSR) was on the brink of Dominating the Air space, American scientists devised an extraordinary plan – to drop a poison bomb on the moon to intimidate the Soviets. .
When astronaut Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in 1969, it was one of the greatest moments in history.
However, what would have happened if the moon Armstrong stood on had been heavily poisoned by these poison bombs?
If you take a look at this collection of research called – A Study of Lunar Research Flights, Vol 1 – you will see that it is a normal and harmless thing. The Bible says nothing about a person who neglects his time. And that was the point.
But if you take a look at the cover, this is where you start to see that things seem to have changed a bit.
The symbol in the middle is an atomic shield, a poison bomb and a cloud of smoke – the symbol of the Air Force Special Weapons Center at the Air Force Base in Kirtland, New Mexico. played an important role in the development and testing of anti-toxic weapons.
Below is the author’s name: L Reiffel, or Leonard Reiffel, one of America’s pioneers in nuclear engineering. He worked with Enrico Fermi, who built the world’s first nuclear reactor, and is considered the “builder of the poison bomb”.
This plan was known as Project A119, which was a top secret plan to detonate a hydrogen bomb on the moon. Hydrogen bombs are far more destructive than the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in Japan in 1945, and it was the most modern atomic bomb at the time.
When asked to “accelerate” the plan by senior Air Force commanders, Reiffel published a series of papers between May (5) 1958 and Zero (1) 1959 on how the plan would be implemented.
This evil plan came to light in the 1990s, when its representative, Carl Sagan, included it in a letter he submitted when he was applying for a job at an intellectual university.
Although it would help answer some basic questions about the moon, the primary purpose of Project A119 was to demonstrate power.
This bomb would explode on the part known as the Terminator Line – the line of demarcation between the civilized side and the dark side of the moon – so that there would be a flash of lightning that everyone, but especially everyone in the Kremlin, was see it with his own eyes.
There is only one real message for such a terrifying plot – and the reason is somewhere, in the middle, of feeling insecure and desperate.
In the 1950s, it was not clear that America was winning the guerre froide/Cold War. Many citizens and politicians believe that the USSR was the leader in the development of chemical weapons, especially in the development of aircraft that drop chemical bombs and chemical missiles.
In 1952, the United States had already tested the first hydrogen bomb. Three years later, the Soviets defeated Washington by detonating their hydrogen bomb. In 1957, they were the first to launch the first manned spacecraft, Sputnik 1, into orbit.
At the time, the Americans were not happy to see Sputnik launched by a Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile – satisfied that the United States had failed to send the “industrial moon”, a plan that ended in a special coup, causing very scared. The crash of their Vanguard rocket was filmed and shown around the world.
A British newspaper at the time used harsh words: VANGUARD FAILED…backwards…..a plan to give respect and self-promotion…”
During that time, children in American schools were shown the famous video “Duck and Cover”, which was to teach children what to do in the event of a poison attack.
Later, in the same year, American newspapers quoted a major British source as saying that “The Soviets plan to detonate a hydrogen bomb on the moon on the anniversary of the Revolution [Revolution] on 07 Munyonyo” (The Daily newspaper). Times, New Philadelphia, Ohio) followed by reports that the Soviets may be preparing to launch a poison rocket at our nearest neighbor [the moon].
As with other rumors surrounding the showdown, it was difficult to understand when this news came out.
Ironically, this fear may also have led the Soviets to plan their own plans as well. Their plan, called E4, was similar to that of the Americans, but later it was abandoned for the same reasons as theirs – the fear that they would send it to explode on the territory of the USSR, seeing that it would cause an unwanted danger to the world.
They might have seen that landing on the moon was the first of its kind.
But the plan of Project A119 was possible.
In 2000 Reiffel had something to say about it. He confirmed that “the plan was possible” and that the world could see the bomb go off.
The Air Force didn’t have much of a problem with the problem of not being able to see clearly what the moon was like, and where the farmers were concerned.
Alex Wellerst, a historian of nuclear science and engineering, says: “Project A119 was one of several countermeasures to Sputnik, including coughing up Sputnik, which was considered very cruel.
“Now what they did eventually was to send their spacecraft, and it took a while, but they continued with this plan in a big way, at least until the late 1950s.
“This shows what was in the American mind at that time. This makes you come into the race and find out you did something amazing.”
I’m not sure if it was the fear of the communists that made the farmers work on this plan.
“Anyone who has done this seems to be self-motivated. They have no problem with this kind of work. If they had been scared, they could have done something else. Many farmers did this during the demonstration war, they say that including a lot of politics”.
There may have been a different assessment because of the Vietnam War.
“The plot of Project A119 reminds me of the episode in The Simpsons when Lisa sees Nelson’s ‘Nuke the Whales’ poster on her wall,” says Bleddyn Bowen, an international climate scientist. , ‘so look, throw something with a poison bomb’.
“This was great research, but it didn’t get the attention it needed or the attention it received outside of meteorologists. It was in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when nobody knew what the climate was going to be like,” he said. it is like in the previous years”.
“If there is anything else like this plan about the moon out of fear, it will be for two reasons and for international purposes … approved by almost every country in the world”.
Will such plans come back even if there is international consensus? “I’m hearing cries from both inside and outside the Pentagon that the US military’s space agency should be freed from lunar activities,” Bowen said.
If some of these idiosyncratic ideas have not been cultivated in the United States, this does not mean that they are not welcomed elsewhere – such as in China.
Bowen added: “It doesn’t surprise me that there are people in China who want to continue some of these ideas because they think that the moon is good, and in the military this kind of thinking works.”
Most of the details of Project A119 are still classified. Quite a few of them were removed.