by Christopher Stokes
March 16, 2016
NASA Dropped a 2-ton Kinetic Missile
on the Moon.
What did they Destroy?
NASA's LCROSS mission, which sent two spacecraft crashing into
the Moon's surface Friday morning (October 09, 2009), has been a hot topic of
discussion across the Web.
Why'd NASA do it? The space agency claims it bombed the lunar
surface to 'search for water supplies' for future missions.
Conspiracy buffs, are offering a variety of
Here are ten of my favorites:
secret alien moon bases on the far side.
To make people forget that those
Apollo landings were fake.
Intelligence reports have found
WMDs on lunar surface.
tides? So does NASA.
To prove the Moon's not made of cheese.
Not-so-subtle message to rest of world: Obama may have won a Nobel 'Peace' Prize, but we'll still kick your ass.
NASA engineers love demolition derbies.
To prevent the Moon from
pick a fight with ETs.
Just to blow stuff up.
Is it possible that
NASA bombed the Moon in order to destroy an
According to many people around the world, the answer is
a big YES.
According to a set of images and alleged reports, there
structures on the surface of the Moon, and NASA launched a
2-ton kinetic weapon to destroy them, despite international laws
clearly prohibiting it.
NASA BOMBED the
surface of the Moon
the greatest enigmas regarding
Alien life is whether
governments and Space Agencies around the world are covering up such
While seeing UFO's on Earth and videos from space isn't
something new, in the last couple of years, a lot of attention has
been drawn to Earth's Moon. There, on the surface of Earth's natural
surface lay numerous 'Alien' Bases.
The fact that many believe NASA
and governments around the world have covered-up information on
these alien bases has become a widely accepted ideology in the last
decade among ufologists and believers.
One of the most interesting things about the Moon, which involves a
'typical' cover-up is the
LCROSS mission by NASA where they
literally BOMBED the surface of the Moon for alleged 'Scientific'
Despite the fact that it strictly prohibited, NASA
released a 'Centaur' kinetic weapon which ultimately impacted the
In the last couple of decades, several extremely important
treaties have made significant impact on Military Space Policy, and
according to the book 'The Paths
of Heaven - The Evolution of Airpower
Theory,' the following treaties are of note:
The Outer Space Treaty (OST)
which dates back to 1967, clearly states that international
law applies BEYOND the atmosphere.
The treaty of 1967
reemphasized standing international laws and initiated new
space-related laws: Free Access to space and celestial
bodies for peaceful intent, prohibitions on national
appropriations of space or celestial bodies, prohibitions on
putting any weapons of mass destruction in space or on
The Antiballistic Missile (ABM)
treaty of 1972 (which was signed between the USA and the
USSR) banned the development, testing, and employment of
The Convention on Registration
(1974) requires parties to maintain a registry of objects
launched into space and report orbital parameters and
general function of those objects to the UN.
And most importantly, the
Environmental Modification Convention signed in 1980 which
prohibits the hostile use of environmental modification.
Apart of the above-mentioned treaties, in 1977 a convention
was concluded on the prohibition of military or any other
hostile use of environmental modification techniques which
set out a number of prohibitions also with respect to outer
space and celestial bodies.
Perestroika and International Law)
Despite the above-mentioned facts, NASA
modified the surface of the Moon after launching the 2-ton kinetic
weapon which created a 5-mile wide crater.
'Officially', the main LCROSS mission
objective was to explore the presence of water ice in a permanently
shadowed crater near a lunar polar region.
The mission was launched together with
the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on June 18, 2009, as part of
the shared Lunar Precursor Robotic Program, the first American
mission to the Moon in over ten years.
But… why break numerous international
laws and go against their very own standards all of a sudden? Well,
according to many, the true purpose behind the 2009 LCROSS 'Moon
bombing' was far more enigmatic than anyone at NASA is willing to
According to many ufologists - and alleged images which show 'alien'
structures on the surface of the moon - NASA's LCROSS mission had a
more militaristic objective rather than scientific.
that the 2-ton kinetic weapon that was detonated on the Moon's South
Pole was aimed at an Alien Base located there.
Check out these images:
This "bombed" moon base might perhaps explain why we haven't been
there in recent years, why would we avoid the Moon so much?
that it is a place filled with minerals,
it has water (and they
really needed to bomb it to find out?) and it would make a perfect
outpost for anyone who wants to continue the exploration of our
solar system and it would also help us
get to Mars and beyond.
However, despite the fact that many reports and enigmatic images of
alleged structures on the moon are there, it's nearly impossible to
prove (or disprove for that matter) their existence and the truth
behind until perhaps one day, we return to the Moon.
returning to the moon isn't a guarantee that we will finally have
disclosure whether or not there is an alien presence on the moon.
It is a profound mystery why NASA decided to break international
laws and literally BOMBED the moon for alleged scientific purposes.
Project A119, also known as "A Study
of Lunar Research Flights", was a top-secret plan developed in
1958 by the
United States Air Force.
The aim of the project was to
detonate a nuclear
bomb on the
Moon which would help in answering some of the mysteries in
planetary astronomy and
astrogeology, and had the explosive device not entered into
crater, the flash of explosive light would have been faintly
visible to people on earth with their
a show of force resulting in a possible boosting of domestic
morale in the
capabilities of the United States, a boost that was needed after
Union took an early lead in the
and who were also working on a similar project.
The project was never carried out, being cancelled primarily out
of a fear of a negative public reaction, with the potential
militarization of space that it would also have signified,
and because a
landing would undoubtedly be a more popular achievement in
the eyes of the American and international public alike.
similar project by the Soviet Union also never came to fruition.
The existence of the US project was revealed in 2000 by a former
executive at the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),
Reiffel, who led the project in 1958.
was part of the team responsible for predicting the effects of a
nuclear explosion in low gravity and in evaluating the
scientific value of the project. The project documents remained
secret for nearly 45 years, and despite Reiffel's revelations,
the United States government has never officially recognized its
involvement in the study.
In 1949, the
Armor Research Foundation (ARF), based at the
Illinois Institute of Technology, began studying the effects
of nuclear explosions on the environment. These studies would
continue until 1962. In May 1958, ARF began covertly researching
the potential consequences of an atomic explosion on the Moon.
The main objective of the program, which ran under the auspices
United States Air Force, which had initially proposed it,
was to cause a nuclear explosion that would be visible from
Earth. It was hoped that such a display would boost the morale
of the American people.
At the time of the project's conception, newspapers were
reporting a rumor that the Soviet Union was planning to detonate
a hydrogen bomb on the Moon.
According to press reports in late
1957, an anonymous source had divulged to a
United States Secret Service agent that the Soviets planned
to commemorate the anniversary of the
October Revolution by causing a nuclear explosion on the
Moon to coincide with a
lunar eclipse on November 7
News reports of the rumored
launch included mention of targeting the dark side of the
terminator - Project A119 would also consider this boundary as
the target for an explosion.
It was also reported that a failure
to hit the Moon would likely result in the missile returning to
A similar idea had been put forward by
Teller, the "father of the H-bomb", who, in February 1957,
proposed the detonation of atomic devices both on and some
distance from the lunar surface to analyze the effects of the
The project was eventually canceled by the Air Force in January
1959, seemingly out of fear of a negative public reaction and
the risk to the population should anything have gone wrong with
Another factor, cited by project leader Leonard Reiffel, was the possible implications of the nuclear
fallout for future lunar research projects and
Later reports show that a corresponding Soviet project did
indeed exist, but differed from the scenario reported in the
press. Started in January 1958, it was part of a series of
proposals under the codename "E".
Project E-1 entailed plans to
reach the Moon, while projects E-2 and E-3 involved sending a
probe around the
side of the Moon to take a series of photographs of its
The final stage of the project, E-4, was to be a
nuclear strike on the Moon as a display of force.
As with the
American plan, the E series of projects was canceled while still
in its planning stages due to concerns regarding the safety and
reliability of the launch vehicle.
The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) was
robotic spacecraft operated by
mission was conceived as a low-cost means of determining the
hydrogen detected at the polar regions of the
The main LCROSS mission objective was to explore the presence of water ice in a
permanently shadowed crater near a lunar polar region. It was
successful in discovering water in the southern lunar crater
It was launched together with the
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on June 18, 2009, as part
of the shared
Lunar Precursor Robotic Program, the first
mission to the Moon in over ten years. Together, LCROSS and LRO
form the vanguard of NASA's return to the Moon, and are expected
United States government decisions on whether or not to
colonize the Moon.
LCROSS was designed to collect and relay data from the impact
and debris plume resulting from the launch vehicle's spent
Centaur upper stage (and data collecting Shepherding
Spacecraft) striking the crater
Cabeus near the south pole of the Moon.
Centaur had nominal impact mass of 2,305 kg (5,081 lb), and an
impact velocity of about 9,000 km/h (5,600 mph), releasing the
energy equivalent of detonating approximately 2 tons of
LCROSS suffered a malfunction on August 22, depleting half of
its fuel and leaving very little fuel margin in the spacecraft.
Centaur impacted successfully on October 9, 2009, at 11:31
Shepherding Spacecraft descended through Centaur's ejectate
plume, collected and relayed data, impacting six minutes later
at 11:37 UTC.
Contrary to media reports at the time, neither the impact nor
its dust cloud could be seen from Earth, using the naked eye or
LCROSS was a fast-track, low-cost companion mission to the LRO.
payload was added after NASA moved the LRO from the
Delta II to
a larger launch vehicle. It was chosen from 19 other proposals.
LCROSS's mission was dedicated to late American broadcaster Walter
LCROSS launched with the
LRO aboard an
Cape Canaveral, Florida, on June 18, 2009, at 21:32
On June 23, four and a half days after launch, LCROSS and its
Centaur booster rocket successfully completed a lunar
swing by and entered into
orbit with a period of 37 days, positioning LCROSS for
impact on a lunar pole.
Early in the morning on August 22, 2009, LCROSS ground
controllers discovered an anomaly caused by a sensor problem,
which had resulted in the spacecraft burning through 140
kilograms (309 pounds) of fuel, more than half of the fuel
remaining at the time.
According to Dan Andrews, the LCROSS
"Our estimates now are if we pretty much
baseline the mission, meaning just accomplish the things that we
have to [do] to get the job done with full mission success,
we're still in the black on propellant, but not by a lot."
illustration of the LCROSS Centaur rocket stage
shepherding spacecraft as they approach impact
lunar south pole on October 9, 2009.
Lunar impacts, after approximately three orbits, occurred on
October 9, 2009, with the Centaur crashing into the Moon at
and the Shepherding Spacecraft following a few minutes
The mission team initially announced that Cabeus A would be
the target crater for the LCROSS dual impacts, but later
refined the target to be the larger, main Cabeus crater.
On its final approach to the Moon, the Shepherding
Spacecraft and Centaur separated October 9, 2009, at 01:50
The Centaur upper stage acted as a heavy impactor to create
a debris plume that rose above the lunar surface.
four minutes after impact of the Centaur upper stage, the
Shepherding Spacecraft flew through this debris plume,
collecting and relaying data back to Earth before it struck
the lunar surface to produce a second debris plume.
impact velocity was projected to be 9,000 km/h (5,600 mph)
or 2.5 km/second.
The Centaur impact was expected to excavate more than 350
tons) of lunar material and create a crater about 20 m
(65 ft) in diameter to a depth of about 4 m (13 ft). The
Shepherding Spacecraft impact was projected to excavate an
estimated 150 metric tons (170 short tons) and create a
crater 14 m (46 ft) in diameter to a depth of about 2 m (6
Most of the material in the Centaur debris plume was
expected to remain at (lunar) altitudes below 10 km (6 mi).
It was hoped that
spectral analysis of the resulting impact plume would
help to confirm preliminary findings by the
Lunar Prospector missions which hinted that there may be water ice
in the permanently shadowed regions.
expected that the Centaur impact plume would be visible
through amateur-class telescopes with apertures as small as
25 to 30 cm (10 to 12 inches).
But no plume was observed by
such amateur telescopes.
Even world class telescopes such as
Hale telescope, equipped with adaptive optics, did not
detect the plume. The plume may have still occurred but at a
small scale not detectable from Earth. Both impacts were
also monitored by Earth-based observatories and by orbital
assets, such as the
Hubble Space Telescope.
Whether or not LCROSS would find water had been stated to be
influential in whether or not the United States government
On November 13, 2009, NASA confirmed that
water was detected after the Centaur impacted the crate
The Moon Bombing that Took Place on October 9th