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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 4 weeks ago

Why don't countries test nuke on moon surface, instead of here on earth?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    We will be going back to the Moon sometime

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Countries still testing nukes don't give a damn about the Earth and it's environment.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    No country tests atom bombs on Earth's surface since the 1960's. It's done underground because of treaties. The 1967 United Nation's Outer Space Treaty forbids using nuclear weapons in space. That includes the Moon's surface. The USA "nuked" the Moon in October 2009 near the south pole, but there was NO warhead. That's how we confirmed the Moon has water. That was only 10 years ago.

    Besides, the cost of getting the nukes to the Moon is ridiculous. Testing them o. The Moon's surface makes no sense economically or strategically. The USA does NOT "own" the Moon. Either does Russia, even though the Soviets got there first.

    https://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/Horizons/2009...

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Because it's incredibly expensive to send anything to the Moon.

    • incredibly expensive? cheaper than Tesla car or Rolls or Bentley.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    1) It is exceedingly expensive to send anything to the moon.

    2) There are international treaties forbidding nuclear weapons in space.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Because it would be expensive as hell

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Sure- why not launch shiploads of nuclear weapons into outer space- what could possibly go WRONG??

  • 4 weeks ago

    There was a proposal by the US Air Force in the early 1960's to try just that... fortunately, everyone came to their senses, and it never came to be...  

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_A119

    There's a treaty currently in place to keep countries from 'arming' outer space; that would prevent the experiment also. 

  • marty
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Let's try and confine our destruction to this planet. We needn't ruin the entire solar system. 

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  • Nancy
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    Because it's against the law. International law bars the use of nuclear weapons in space. The only countries not bound by a treaty they themselves signed to not test nuclear weapons in space are a small list of what used to be called Third World Countries.  Any country that would attempt to would suddenly find themselves answering to either NATO or Russia or both, and probably China as well.

    Source(s): Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1963) Outer Space Treaty (1963)
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