The United States military once planned to build a surveillance station on the moon that would have been used for “facilitating communications with and observation of the earth.
The plans were declassified Sunday on the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, according to ABC News.
Code named “Project Horizon,” the plans were within a 100-page report published in 1959.
The report details the military’s plans for the moon-to-Earth surveillance system as well as a proposal to build a moon-based weapons system.
The weapons system would have allowed the military to launch offensives from the moon toward Earth, and even into outer space.
Project Horizon also included information about the military’s attempt to investigate the effects of detonating a nuclear weapon on or near the moon.
While the detonation never happened, the report tries to speculate what kind of impact it would have had, particularly on alienlife formss.
*ABC News contributed to this report.