It looks like our Neighbor in the Night Sky COULD have easily become “FORT MOON.”
In the 1960’s, some in the United States Military wanted to build a base on the Moon and maybe blow up a nuke or two for macho fun (take that, Russians!).
Hey, why sit out and watch Fourth of July Fireworks when you could watch Moon Explosions!!
Thankfully this Military Moon Madness was scrapped by funding and the United Nations.
If anyone doubts the effectiveness of the United Nations, check out the Outer Space Treaty!
“Outer space is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty. . . .”
“The moon and other celestial bodies shall be used exclusively for peaceful purposes.”
“Astronauts shall be regarded as the envoys of mankind.”
Excellent! Except for the “use” part, this is very wise and forward-thinking.
Signed by Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, this treaty took effect in 1967.
Let’s hope plans to colonized MARS include the principles of this sane and reasonable treaty.
Otherwise. . .we KNOW there are people who would love to Build a Base for Bombs in Space!