Carl Sagan Once Was Involved in a Plan to Nuke the Moon


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A young Carl Sagan was one of the scientists hired in the U.S.’s Cold War plan to drop a nuclear bomb on the moon.  Specifically, Sagan was hired to study how exactly the mushroom cloud would expand on the moon, so that they could make sure it would be clearly visible from Earth, which was the whole point of the project.

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  • There wouldn’t be a mushroom cloud on the moon at all.

    The mushroom cloud comes from atmosphere rushing back into the void caused by the initial explosion. The moon’s surface is a vacuum for nearly all practical purposes.