A Sunday and I like to give you something to think about while you take time to relax…..
First the planets have satellites and they have names like Phobus, Io, Europa etc…etc…then why is our satellite called “the Moon”? Did they run out of clever names? Or what?
Just something to think about.
I like history and I am always looking for interesting a little known history that I can write about and that brings me to Project A119……
Project A119 was a plan to make our night skies a little less bright…..
It was the height of the Cold War. At odds were the United States and the former Soviet Union, both attempting to posture and propagandize their way to a win in a geopolitical dispute that dragged on nearly 50 years. Complicating matters was a burgeoning space race, one the US was losing after the Soviets launched their first satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957.
To avoid losing the propaganda war, the US went into scramble mode. First it launched a satellite of its own, Explorer 1. Then it assembled a team of the best and brightest — including a young Carl Sagan — to figure out how to blow up the Moon.
The project, known as Project A119, was never carried out, but is every bit as odd as it sounds.
See what fear and a Red Scare can make you do?
Remember that when you hear your local politician trying to spread some sort of fear no matter the subject it is usually total manure.
That be it for me for today…..have a great day and live life….be well, be safe….chuq