The Null Device

During the late 1950s, the US military wanted to detonate a nuclear device on the moon, large enough to be seen from the earth, as a sign of their might: (Observer, via Slashdot)
'I made it clear at the time there would be a huge cost to science of destroying a pristine lunar environment, but the US Air Force were mainly concerned about how the nuclear explosion would play on earth,' said Reiffel.

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