How many modern nukes would it take to blow up the moon?

Kenazo

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if they blew up on the surface? it wouldn't work.

If they were burried inside the moon, then who knows?
 

Malak

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What we'd have to do is take an expert drill team up there. Land them on the backside of it and let them drill about 800 feet down. Tell the most annoying crew member that the arming mechanism is broken so he needs to stay behind to blow it. Then just watch the fireworks.
 

dcdude

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Originally posted by: Kenazo
if they blew up on the surface? it wouldn't work.

If they were burried inside the moon, then who knows?



that sounds like a terrible idea for a movie though :laugh:
 

cw42

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all the nuclear weapons on earth combined arn't enough to blowup the earth.
 

her209

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Originally posted by: cw42
all the nuclear weapons on earth combined arn't enough to blowup the earth.
Really? I keep hearing people say that we have enough nukes to blow up the Earth 100 times over.
 

Malak

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Originally posted by: her209
Originally posted by: cw42
all the nuclear weapons on earth combined arn't enough to blowup the earth.
Really? I keep hearing people say that we have enough nukes to blow up the Earth 100 times over.

To blow the surface up.
 

Vic

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Originally posted by: KruptosAngelos
Originally posted by: her209
Originally posted by: cw42
all the nuclear weapons on earth combined arn't enough to blowup the earth.
Really? I keep hearing people say that we have enough nukes to blow up the Earth 100 times over.
To blow the surface up.
Correct. The particles that the earth and moon consist of are held together by the gravitation caused by their own mass. This is why they are roughly spherical btw. In order to completely blow up the moon, the forces would need to be great enough to separate the particles far enough away from their own collective gravities, otherwise the moon would simply reform within its own gravity well.
 

imported_malcontent

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Originally posted by: KruptosAngelos
What we'd have to do is take an expert drill team up there. Land them on the backside of it and let them drill about 800 feet down. Tell the most annoying crew member that the arming mechanism is broken so he needs to stay behind to blow it. Then just watch the fireworks.

Don't forget the "Roadrunner Slingshot Manuver" just to get them up there..
 

Taggart

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You have to take the nuclear yield of said weapon into account, and how many warheads. What size is the yield of a warhead from a Trident or Peacekeeper missile? I know the USSR set off a 50 megaton bomb in the 60's, but I doubt anyone has a weapon this size in service.
 

Fritzo

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Originally posted by: KingNothing
Originally posted by: Fritzo
You're not Judd Hersch, are you?


(10 pnts if you get the reference :) )

He's not talking about blowing the rice krispy elves up though. ;)

Heheheh 10 points!