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Oct. 7 2009 - 2:04 pm | 196 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

The bomb, the moon, and the secret space mission NASA doesn’t want you to know about

The news that we’re going to be bombing the moon on Friday has generated surprisingly little press, considering that we’re going to be BOMBING THE MOON. Oh, okay. This is a wee bit hyperbolic. The literal truth is that we’re going to be sending a rocket the size of a minivan hurtling at 5600 miles per hour into the surface of the moon, where it will explode with the force of two tons of TNT. There. Feel better?

The stated aim of the mission is to create a debris geyser that can be analyzed telescopically for signs of water, according to NASA’s Office of Blowing Stuff Up Real Good (OBSURG). Still, I can’t help wondering: Does the mission have a secret military objective? See below for the STARTLING TRUE FACTS THAT NASA DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW. And sleep tight, America.


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    How does one apply for a permit for such an exercise?

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