[cryptome] Re: Fw: Soldiers, Spies and the Moon: Secret U.S. and Soviet Plans from the 1950s and 1960s

  • From: doug <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:37:43 +0100

And there was I thinking that the moon was made of tartan cheese, which a Scottish man on the moon was trying to farm, network and market to the planet Earth, and that the Americans and the Russians were trying to prove that it was made of Starbucks cheese or Red cheese, so that they could steal it from the Scot and then sell it on for themselves...at much greater profit and more efficiently...

I always wondered why the spent all that money on trying to put a man on the moon... We didn't know any of these things at the time of course...The CIA, NASA and the NSA had absolute security on such matters...just as they do now...;-)

It is nice to know that they have declassified the information of course...all of it?
P. S. I wonder if there will be a Chinese Man on the Moon...soon? Watch out for the laying out of the Chinese Flag through your telescopes....:-)

On 20/07/14 12:02, Neal Lamb wrote:

On Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:24 PM, National Security Archive <archive@xxxxxxx> wrote:

Soldiers, Spies and the Moon: Secret U.S. and Soviet Plans from the 1950s and 1960s

Declassified Documents Reflect the Covert Side of Lunar Programs

Posting Marks 45th Anniversary of First Human on the Moon

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 479
Posted July 20, 2014

Edited by Jeffrey T. Richelson

For more information contact:
202/994-7000 or nsarchiv@xxxxxxx <mailto:nsarchiv@xxxxxxx>

Washington, D.C., July 20, 2014 -- Forty-five years ago, astronaut Neil Armstrong took his "one small step" for mankind, becoming the first person to set foot on the moon. The program that resulted in that historic event -- managed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) -- had been a very public one ever since its announcement by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. Even the Soviet government had publicized aspects of its own effort.

But there were also highly secret elements to the U.S. and Soviet schemes, which are the subject of today's National Security Archive posting of previously classified records. The documents focus on three topics -- early U.S. military plans, including the possibility of conducting nuclear tests in space, the use of the moon to reflect signals for military or intelligence purposes, and U.S. intelligence analyses and estimates of Soviet missions and their intentions to land a man on the lunar surface.

The posting includes:

* Army and Air Force studies from 1959 - 1961 on the creation of a military lunar base, with possible uses as a surveillance platform (for targets on earth and space) and the Lunar Based Earth Bombardment System. * A study on the detonation of a nuclear device on or in the vicinity of the moon. * The use of the lunar surface to relay signals from Washington to Hawaii and from U.S. spy ships. * Collection of Soviet radar signals after they bounced off the moon -- a technique known as Moon Bounce ELINT. * The U.S. theft and return of a Soviet space capsule during an exhibition tour. * A 1965 estimate of Soviet intentions with regard to a manned moon landing. * Several analyses of Soviet Luna missions, including Luna 9 -- the first mission to result in a soft landing on the moon.

Check out today's posting at the National Security Archive's website - http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB479/ <http://www2.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB479/>

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