...The incident that ultimately aroused the suspicion of the project technically occurred first but the analysis was concluded afterwards so it was generally treated as the second checkpoint in the road to the revelation. The initial reaction hovered between heavy uncertainty and cautious concern, a concern that only grew over time.
These days when asked what a moonshot was, most people would respond with blank looks and then ask if it had something to do with the moon. A few more knowledgeable persons might respond that it referred to the Apollo program. Still others would say it referred to any project whose chances of success were low or might take a very long time to show demonstrable success. The Reactive Operator System fell squarely in that third category and it was with some irony that with every success it achieved its future goals became ever loftier. Perhaps even more ironic, the first moonshot the project was aiming for was achieved without anyone realizing until well after the fact.