Democrat congressional candidate Brianna Wu worries that workers may knock moon rocks off its surface, sending them crashing down on our planet. Then blames the ensuing ridicule on "sexism". Miss Wu calls herself a transgender activist, so apparently her grasp of biology is as weak as her logic.
In the finest traditions of Democratic Party respect for science and scientific inquiry, congressional candidate Brianna Wu, running for office in the 8th Congressional District in Massachusetts, tweeted on a threat that few of us had ever considered.
Ms. Wu, a transgender activist and prominent social justice warrior in the gamergate controversy, warned us that companies that colonize the moon would be in possession of enormous power.
“The moon is probably the most tactically valuable military ground for earth,” the tweet said. “Rocks dropped from there have power of 100s of nuclear bombs.”
SpaceX announced Monday it is planning to launch a tourism venture to the Moon in 2018.
After users on social media questioned her scientific literacy, the congressional candidate clarified that the tweet was “talking about dropping [rocks] into our gravity well.”
Small space rocks can indeed do nuclear-weapons-scale damage if hitting the Earth at orbital speeds. But launching one from the moon, even setting aside issues of aiming, would still require escaping the satellite’s gravitational field, a task that requires the power and thrust contained in a huge rocket.