Thx to Trey Simmons!
No, this picture doesn’t show a black and white image of the rebel base on the ice planet Hoth. It’s part of a semi-secret, nuclear-powered U.S. Army base that was built under the Greenland ice cap only 800 miles from the North Pole. The base was officially built to conduct scientific research but the real reason was apparently to test out the feasibility of burying nuclear missiles below the ice under an effort known as Project Iceworm.
Remember, Greenland is way closer to Russia than the ICBM fields located in the continental U.S. Rumor has it that the Danish government had no idea that the U.S. was considering installing nuclear missiles on Greenland.
The base was massive, described by some as an underground city, and consisted of 21 steel-arch covered trenches; the longest of which was 1,100-feet long, 26-feet wide and 26-feet high. These tunnels contained numerous prefabricated buildings that were up to 76-feet long. The base was powered by a portable PM-2A nuclear reactor that produced two megawatts of power for the facility.
“The camp was staffed year round, with population peaking at nearly 200 over the summer months.”
via Defense Tech
The base makes sense if you look at maps with the Arctic Circle at the center, Russia is a direct shot over the ice.
// Thx to Dave Schroeder
I got an email today about Hasbro toys being 20% off, and so did a little walk down memory lane. And, if you have kids these are some sweet gifts.