An Iowa professor once suggested blowing up the moon

The act of destroying the Moon has been touted as a way to solve many of our planet’s problems.

Since the early chaotic years of the solar system, the Moon has remained our planet’s constant companion. But what if the Moon didn’t exist?

In 1991, Alexander Abian, professor of mathematics at Iowa State University, proposed what he called the “moonless earth theory.” In it, he suggested that the destruction of our lunar neighbor could have a whole series of advantages for our life on Earth.

This idea was based on the fact that this destruction would eliminate the oscillation of the planet (and the seasons that accompany it), which would guarantee stable weather and remove extreme winds, blizzards, droughts, etc.

To achieve such a feat, he suggested drilling a hole in the lunar surface and implanting a nuclear device deep within the Moon (much like in the movie Armageddon).

The idea is, of course, utter nonsense, not least because of the insurmountable damage it would likely do to the world’s climate and wildlife.

Furthermore, blowing up the Moon would likely send huge amounts of lunar debris at us and could even destabilize Earth’s orbit around the Sun.

This project is also (at least for now) totally unworkable and looks more like the evil plan of a James Bond villain than something that would be done in the hope of a positive outcome.

In other words, it’s a definite nope for this project.

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