Skip to comments.When We Blew Up Arizona to Simulate the Moon
Posted on 01/24/2013 10:45:13 AM PST by BenLurkin
In the late 1960s, NASA created an offworld analogue with dynamite and fertilizer bombs outside Flagstaff, Arizona, so that astronauts could train for the Apollo missions.
As Northern Arizona University explains, NASA's Astrogeology Research Program "started in 1963 when USGS and NASA scientists transformed the northern Arizona landscape into a re-creation of the Moon. They blasted hundreds of different-sized craters in the earth to form the Cinder Lake crater field, creating an ideal training ground for astronauts."
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Sounds like the kind of thing the great Space Advocate Hussein can now tell the muslims, “See how you helped us get to the moon!”
In 1964 I spent part of the summer in Flagstaff with some other college students doing field research on best methodology to use in collecting Luna geological data and samples of moon rock. We stayed in NAU’s dorms and went all over northern AZ and into southern Utah. Very long days and weeks for us in the summer heat. That was early in the Apollo program so we never got to interact with the astronauts who came on scene a couple of years later.
1000 years from now that should keep the archaeologists guessing!
Is that where they filmed the fake moon landing photos and movies?
I swear...some guys just get the coolest jobs!
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I think this was where our dump is now.