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Old January 4 2010, 11:27 PM   #1
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Could we blow up the moon?

This idea was mentioned in jest in another thread, but could humans actually do it?

I don't know why we might ever decide to destroy the moon, but if humans had to, regardsless of the massive enviromental impact it would have on ecosystems, animals and warewolves.

Could humans destroy the moon with our current technology? And if so how?
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Old January 4 2010, 11:35 PM   #2
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Re: Could we blow up the moon?

My guess is we have insufficient means to overcome the gravity holding it together. At the current time. Blow large holes in the surface? yes. Destroy it by blowing it up? no. Destroy it by throwing it out of orbit? no.

Hmmm, we could start modifying the orbit of another large body utnil we finally get it on a collision course, but it would take decades/centuries to do that kind of orbital adjustment.
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Old January 4 2010, 11:41 PM   #3
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Re: Could we blow up the moon?

What does blow it up mean?

Would splitting it into two approximately equal lumps, in relatively steady orbit about one another qualify?

Or to completely reduce it to dust? Because that would require us to provide it's gravitational binding energy.
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Old January 4 2010, 11:46 PM   #4
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Re: Could we blow up the moon?

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What does blow it up mean?

Would splitting it into two approximately equal lumps, in relatively steady orbit about one another qualify?

Or to completely reduce it to dust? Because that would require us to provide it's gravitational binding energy.
I'm assuming something where the remains couldn't be classed as moons themselves. So maybe chunks of smalller than say a few miles diameter, but if we end up a ring system like Saturn, great! :-)

And I think one caveat should be that what ever method of destruction is decided upon it doesn't involve the earth also being destroyed.
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Old January 4 2010, 11:49 PM   #5
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Re: Could we blow up the moon?

I like the moon...
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Old January 5 2010, 12:01 AM   #6
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Re: Could we blow up the moon?

In the order of 10^29 Joules would be needed to do this.

The largest nuclear bomb ever detonated, the Tsar bomba, was only around 10^17 joules.
You would need 1,000,000,000,000 of them.
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Old January 5 2010, 12:05 AM   #7
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In the order of 10^29 Joules would be needed to do this.

The largest nuclear bomb ever detonated, the Tsar bomba, was only around 10^17 joules.
You would need 1,000,000,000,000 of them.
With all the nukes we have lying around it sounds somewhat doable
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Old January 5 2010, 12:07 AM   #8
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Re: Could we blow up the moon?

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In the order of 10^29 Joules would be needed to do this.

The largest nuclear bomb ever detonated, the Tsar bomba, was only around 10^17 joules.
You would need 1,000,000,000,000 of them.
Did you do the maths? Thats a massive number.

But you're only thinking of using nukes, what about trying to get a large comet to strike the moon, given, it might take a few decades to alter the orbit, but could it be done, would it be big enough?

And a third caviate: unlimited budet (well 'not quite true, the combined earth GDP, that's fairly large).
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Old January 5 2010, 12:08 AM   #9
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Re: Could we blow up the moon?

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In the order of 10^29 Joules would be needed to do this.

The largest nuclear bomb ever detonated, the Tsar bomba, was only around 10^17 joules.
You would need 1,000,000,000,000 of them.
It sounds like you've researched blowing up the moon quite extensively, plotting something?
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Old January 5 2010, 12:15 AM   #10
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No you cant blow up the moon! Even with all the Nuclear weapons we have it couldnt be done. Why?? Because for onething if we cant blow up a giant asteroid or comet from hitting the earth then how in the hell can we blow up the moon? A giant asteroid isnt bigger than the moon.
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Old January 5 2010, 12:16 AM   #11
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No you cant blow up the moon! Even with all the Nuclear weapons we have it couldnt be done. Why?? Because for onething if we cant blow up a giant asteroid or comet from hitting the earth then how in the hell can we blow up the moon? A giant asteroid isnt bigger than the moon.
We can to blow up a giant asteroid, Michael Bay made a documentary about it.
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Old January 5 2010, 12:23 AM   #12
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Re: Could we blow up the moon?

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No you cant blow up the moon! Even with all the Nuclear weapons we have it couldnt be done. Why?? Because for onething if we cant blow up a giant asteroid or comet from hitting the earth then how in the hell can we blow up the moon? A giant asteroid isnt bigger than the moon.

I think we could blow up an asteroid with little difficulty. Simply deternating a nuke next to one would probably do, we wouldn't even have to tunnel into it. (probably)
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Re: Could we blow up the moon?

No one's blowing up the moon, how the hell am I supposed to surf?
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Old January 5 2010, 12:40 AM   #14
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There was a movie not too long ago an giant asteroid impact the moon and caused a volcanic eruption on the moon and then moon was heading towards earth. It caused earths magnetic fields to weaken and youll see people animals and things losing gravy and youll start floating. So its best we leave the moon alone and not do anything stupid.
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Old January 5 2010, 12:42 AM   #15
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There was a movie not too long ago an giant asteroid impact the moon and caused a volcanic eruption on the moon and then moon was heading towards earth. It caused earths magnetic fields to weaken and youll see people animals and things losing gravy and youll start floating. So its best we leave the moon alone and not do anything stupid.

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