The best way to gain knowledge of the fundamental process of crustal formation, of course, would be to look at the Moho directly. In 1957, Harry Hess was talking with a colleague, Walter Munk of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who idly suggested enlisting a team of scientists to drill a hole to the Moho through the seafloor, since Earth’s crust is much thinner under the oceans than it is beneath continents. The pair would propose the idea to the American Miscellaneous Society, a group of scientists that entertained, as its name suggests, out-of-the-box ideas. The idea garnered support in the scientific community. But more important, it gained political support as a way to seed new deep-ocean-drilling technology that the Soviets seemed to be trying to develop, too. Thus Project Mohole was launched—alongside the contemporaneous race to the moon.