Detonating a thermonuclear weapon on the moon? It sounds like the devious scheme of a deranged comic-book villain and not a project initiated inside the United States government! But in 1958, as the Cold War space race was heating up, the U.S. Air Force set out to do just that! Code-named “Project A119,” it was the U.S. attempt to reclaim the initiative from the Soviets who had just flung the beach-ball sized satellite “Sputnik” into orbit, thus proving to the world it had not lost the space race before it had even begun.
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