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Although NASA was able to succeed in ending the Space Race with the USSR in 1969 with the Apollo 11 mission, today’s goals of setting up a base on the Moon became one of its earlier aspirations. As it turns out, Washington had plans to build a Moon base much earlier.
NASA today is working towards bringing back the next humans and the first woman on the Moon next year through its Artemis program. One of the agency’s goals is also to establish a lunar base by the end of the decade. However, it was recently revealed that Washington already had plans for a lunar base back in the late 1950s, 10 years before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would land on the Moon.
In 1959, in what would seemingly be the height of the Space Race, the US Army brought forth a top-secret plan called Project Horizon. This followed the Soviet’s launch of the Sputnik satellite back in 1957. Project Horizon’s proposal had an opening line that said that there is a need to set up a manned military base on the Moon. The proposal also stressed that establishing a lunar military base was needed as soon as possible for the purposes of national security.
“To be second to the Soviet Union in establishing an outpost on the Moon would be disastrous to our nation’s prestige and in turn our democratic philosophy. Once established, the lunar base will be operated under the control of a unified space command,” according to the proposal. “The space around the Earth and Moon would be considered a military theater.”
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