Disregarding the recent Non-Profileration Treaty, US government and NASA decided - instead of dismantling them - to recycle the excess amount of nukes into a new kind of space program. Initially going for a single manned spacecraft capable of launching nuclear rockets, the project, requiring much more crew than expected, degenerated into the 'Hercules' Nuclear Launch Platform. Apollo programms 18 through 23 contributed entirely to this giant project. The nuke was a self propelled Monster of destruction, about 4 or 5 times the size of the Apollo module itself. In the end, officials had no idea what to do with this horrifying piece of engineering that went far beyond mutually assured destruction. For the sake of mankind, the project was discontinued, and the 'Emperor' nuke was fired at the sun.