Declassified – The United States Lunar Base on the Surface of the moon.
The year was 1959, ten years before the United States would put a man on the moon. However, at this time, the United States was in a race with the Soviet Union to own space.
According to declassified documents written in 1959 by lieutenant general Arthur G. Trudeau, the Army’s chief of research and development, the United States was in the planning stage of establishing the United States lunar base on the moon.
United States Lunar Base was Needed to Beat the Soviet Union
This proposal for building a future lunar base, which he believed could be used to “develop techniques in moon-based surveillance of the Earth and space.” He also envisioned weapon systems stationed on the moon capable of hitting targets on Earth.
The most important reason for establishing a lunar base, as he mentions numerous times in the report, was to keep the Soviet Union from doing it first.
He thought if they set up a lunar base first they would claim the entire moon as their own. Essentially blocking the United States from exploring the lunar surface or using it for any purpose in the future.
The Plan of The United States to Establish a base on the Moon
The plan envisioned setting up an outpost in late 1965. The lieutenant general believed nearly 150 Saturn I and II launches would be needed to ship nearly 500,000 pounds (226,796 kilograms) of cargo to the moon.
The large amount of cargo would be needed to construct an underground base inside caves on the moon large enough to hold 12 men.
He explains the base would use solar power for electricity and extract water from natural resources on the moon.
More than 60 years later there’s still not a United States Lunar Base!
According to history the United States never followed through with the plan to build a base on the moon. Instead, it settled for being the first country to put men on the moon instead.
Like I said, according to history. Who knows what they’ve done in reality. In 1959 the government thought it was possible to establish a base on the lunar surface. As we sit here more than 60 years later, the capability to do so has only increased. If at any point someone in government had the will to do so, I’m sure it’s been done.
If so, those documents have yet to be declassified.
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