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Moon Tests - Nuclear

Date: Sat, 08 Jun 2002 12:52:44 -0400 
Subject: Re: Any credibility? 
From: joel carpenter <> 

I lurk on an email list for international space projects that's frequented by a number of space journalists and government experts (I just lurk!! :)) and over the course of the last couple of years there have been several exchanges between the members about claims of secret deep-space nuclear detonations during the early space race era. One member is a former NSA analyst (after seeing his website and postings I believe him) and claims that he was privy to intercepted communications about these tests (presumably Soviet but he won't elaborate since it's all still classified). Other members of the list publicly doubt the story but he insists this occurred and he saw reports. 

I doubt an actual moon shot occurred, since it would be pretty hard to conceal if it was done secretly. 


> I have several newspaper articles about the "moon test". The original source 
> of this story was a letter from physicist Leonard Reiffel published in the 
> journal Nature, May 4, 2000. According to the newspaper articles the test 
> was scuttled by the Air Force due to the inherent dangers of launching the 
> warhead on a rocket (reliability). Carl Sagan is said to have been on the 10 
> person team to study the possible affects of the dust and debris cloud 
> ejecting out to space and to determine if there were any organic molecules 
> released. Also suggested is that he may have revealed the project (security 
> breach) in an application for an academic fellowship. Could this breach have 
> had a role in the scuttle? 

> Colonel Ross Dedrickson claims that the moon test launch actually took 
> place. In Greer's book, he also claims there was a nuclear atmospheric test 
> out in the Pacific in '61. My information on tests indicates there were no 
> atmospheric tests due to the moratorium ('58-'62). 

> It seems unlikely, given the tense cold war climate at that time, that the 
> moon launch actually happened, although what we have at this point is one 
> man's word against another's. 

> Any further observations? 

> Rob Duvall 

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