Project A119 was a top secret research plan formulated by the US Air Force in 1958, details of which only emerged in 2000. What was its goal?

Answer: To fire and detonate a nuclear weapon on the moon. Also entitled ‘a Study of Lunar Research Flights’, it was developed to be visible from earth, in order to boost American morale at a time when the Soviet Union was leading the space race.

Source: Lunar Exploration by Chaochen Zhou

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