For five years, the secret US government program tasked with researching fringe technologies once proposed a plan to use nuclear bombs to tunnel through the center of the moon. The reason for drilling holes in the moon, they claim, was the search for metals “100,000 times lighter than steel but still as strong as steel,” according to more than 1,500 pages of reports obtained by vice (thanks LiveScience) through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
In 2007, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) was formed for the first time to investigate UFOs and other unexplained aerial phenomena. In its five years of existence, this Department of Defense program has used its $22 million budget to research things you’ve read about in the Mass Effect 2 Codex, like stealth technology, traversable wormholes, and dark energy.
The proposal was simple. In a chapter of a report on Negative Mass Propulsion titled “Tunneling Through the Moon” (no kidding, check pg. 36), the energy released from a nuclear explosion would more or less blow the perfect tunnel-shaped hole through the lunar crust. Afterwards, mining tunnels would be built to locate and extract any potential moon metals.
So how big would the boom be needed to get to the moon’s center? The report says: “50 Megatons needed to dig the tunnel shaft, the number of thermonuclear explosive devices using the detonation wave lens technique may, for this reason, be quite reasonable and certainly much less than the number of explosives of fission needed”.
The tunnel wall itself would need to be made of ceramic, as “water to make concrete is scarce on the moon”. They thought of everything.
Although AATIP was disbanded in 2012, there is still much taxpayer-funded UFO hunting continuing in the form of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), which works within the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence. The Department of Defense has a similar program called the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group, or AOIMSG, which handles any reports of UFOs within DOD airspace.
Funny fact; despite being disbanded, the public was unaware of AATIP until its former boss, Luis Elizondo, resigned from the Pentagon and leaked its existence to the press in 2017.
In case you’re wondering about any current moon shenanigans, NASA is expected to release its first moon ission with the maiden flight of the Artemis 1 mega-rocket in May of this year. No word on whether NASA will send explosives, but if you agree with the moon explodingvideo games have been doing this for centuries.