Nuking the Moon

If we detonated a nuclear weapon on the moon, the lack of an atmosphere on the moon would mean no mushroom cloud or shockwave, but anyone viewing the blast would likely get a fatal dose of ionizing radiation.

The explosion would probably cause moon debris ejected into space that will also strike Earth.

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After the Sputnik space satellite launch in 1957, the U.S. Air force commissioned a study of Lunar research flights, known as Project A119, which considered an explosion on the moon's far side to illuminate Earth's natural satellite.

A nuclear moon test would have been a considerable feat that could have confirmed America's leadership, but the Air Force never acted on the study.

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