Theirs was a martial culture. They prized personal honor, fealty, and bravery in battle above all other traits. But that did not mean they were not also scientists and explorers.
A great war had just ended. The world was, if not at peace, then at a point with few open hostilities, for the moment. It was time to take on a big project. They needed something that would show off their military superiority and technical prowess. The chancellor broadcast an announcement to the public.
“My fellow warriors, by the end of this decade, we are going to stab the moon!”