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Submission + - Does the Moon Have Military Value? (yahoo.com) 3

MarkWhittington writes: Despite the fact that under President Barack Obama's space policy, Americans will not be going back to the moon any time soon, discussions are occurring about what if any military value the Earth nearest neighbor has.

Opinions, as can be expected, vary on the subject

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Does the Moon Have Military Value?

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  • Why not use drones to start exploring the surface? And then a more detailed survey of surface bearing ores?
  • Heinlein wrote about this in "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". One doesn't need nukes, when one has lots and LOTS of kinetic energy. Rocks will do a lot of damage, and once on their way, would be hard to intercept/neutralize. The original article mentions attacking military assets in low earth orbit, which Heinlein didn't discuss. That's not surprising, considering the newness of applications of space technology for communications and navigation when he wrote the book.
  • yeah, give the baby some guns, it will make it happy.

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