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The secretive program ran from 2007 to 2012 and spent millions on researching experimental technologies such as invisibility cloaks, traversable wormholes, warp drives, and anti-gravity devices.
Buried among 1600 pages of reports, proposals, contracts and meeting notes was a explosive plan to mine the moon.
In the report on “negative mass propulsion,” authors suggested extremely lightweight metals may be found inside the heart of the celestial body.
They claimed these may be “100,000 times lighter than steel, but still (have) the strength of steel”.
To reach the centre, the authors proposed blasting a tunnel through the lunar crust and mantle using thermonuclear explosives.
Later that year the former Pentagon official went public about reports of UFOs.
While AATIP’s moon proposal was not greenlit, space agency NASA is moving forward with plans to mine the space rock.
It’s believed “the Moon holds hundreds of billions of dollars of untapped resources”.
“It’s time to establish the regulatory certainty to extract and trade space resources,” he wrote.
“We are putting our policies into practice to fuel a new era of exploration and discovery that will benefit all of humanity,” Mr Bridenstine said.
With Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and first person of colour on the Moon, and seek to set up a permanent base there.
This is the first time humankind will return to the Moon since the Apollo missions.