Did Peres Know of an American Plan to Nuke the Moon?

For some reason news that is half a century old enjoys an aura of credibility, as though it is enough that its origin is a yellowing screen preserved in some archive.

One story sparked the global media's imagination this week. Newspapers, radio stations, television channels and, mainly, websites latched on to it with delight. Its hyped-up version appeared under the headline: "The United States planned to nuke the moon." A version closer to reality ran on CNN: The United States considered the possibility of detonating a nuclear device on the moon. There is now an...