Lunex - USAF 1961 Moon Base

Larry Klaes (
Wed, 03 Nov 1999 12:08:35 -0500

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In May 1961 the US Air Force released a secret report, summarising the result of years of planning to place a military base on the moon by 1967. The complete Project Lunex - Lunar Expedition report, including some observations, is now on-line on the Encyclopedia Astronautica at:

This is a little off-topic, but there are some interesting parallels to 1960 Russian lunar base plans (noted in the report). Members of this list may also find Section X - Intelligence Estimate - interesting as a summary of US knowledge of Russian space capabilities and plans at the same time the moon landing decision was being made.


Mark Wade
Encyclopedia Astronautica