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A Study of Lunar Research Flights

Report Number: AFSWC-TR-59-39 Volume 1
Author(s): L. Reiffel
Corporate Author: Armour Research Foundation
Date of Publication: 1959-06-19
Pages: 190
Contract: AF 29(601)-1164
Project: 5776
AD Number: AD0425380

Abstract:
Nuclear detonations in the vicinity of the moon are considered in this report along with scientific information which might be obtained from such explosions. The military aspect is aided by investigation of space environment, detection of nuclear device testing, and capability of weapons in space. A study was conducted of various theories of the moon's structure and origin, and a description of the probable nature of the lunar surface is given. The areas discussed in some detail are optical lunar studies, seismic observations, lunar surface and magnetic fields, plasma and magnetic field effects, and organic matter on the moon.

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