JUNE 1957
MOON DUST--"The possibility of actually bringing back some of the moon's material is a scientific bonanza so alluring that ingenious schemes have been proposed to accomplish it, even without landing on the moon. We might, for example, send a pair of rockets, one trailing the other closely by means of a homing device. The first rocket would drop a small atomic bomb on the moon. Since the moon has no atmosphere and comparatively little gravity, the bomb cloud would rise very high. The second rocket could dive into the cloud, collect some of the spray and emerge from its dive by means of an auxiliary jet. Of course, such a maneuver would require a miracle of electronic guidance.--Krafft A. Ehricke and George Gamow"