posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 06:24 PM
Originally posted by Cosmic911
I have always believed we may have "militarized" the moon during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. We managed to place nukes everywhere else, why
not on the moon?
Well, there's a few reasons.
One, it's very difficult to get a payload TO the moon, these days we're more geared to putting stuff into orbit. Not that we can't, but you can tell
the ones that are "special" by the boosters used and the launch dates will generally tell you the destination.
Two, it's easier and faster to deliver nukes from orbit. Of course, we would NEVER do such a thing, ever. But now that we're abandoning manned orbital
flight, we couldn't do that anymore, because
Three, you have to regularly maintain our current nuke designs. And by regularly, I mean like every three to four months. You couldn't put nukes on
the moon and leave them there for a year or two. Now, Sandia beat out LANL a few years back (shakes fist) for the design of the "no maintenance" nuke.
So when they get that one all spiffed up you could maybe consider doing it, but not at present.
(sly grin) You have to ask yourself, self, how is Sandia going to test such a thing? It's a radical design departure and while computer simulations
are all great, you can't trust your country to a computer simulation. I could EASILY see putting an observation orbiter around the Moon and then doing
test shots in orbit on the far side, where you couldn't see them. Because they're real easy to spot here. But that's just me. What do I know.
edit to add:
Oh, yeah. You could, if you wanted, but we wouldn't EVER, maintain nukes with a small robotic space plane that could capture and return said weapons
to the ground for maintenance, but it would be a logistic mess.
edit on 22-3-2012 by Bedlam because: (no reason given)