Suppose, sometime in the future I develop an experimental superweapon capable of blowing up the entire Moon. If I used it to break the Moon into multiple pieces of varying sizes, we would then have giant chunks of Moon rocks floating around.
We all know the Moon is drifting away from us at a constant rate. But now, rather than there being a single concentrated mass we have multiple masses.
If I understand Newtonian Gravitation correctly, the bigger the object the more gravitational pull it has. For example, if I landed on Phobos (if that is possible) and jumped, it would take a longer time for me to fall down than it would, say if I jumped while on Earth's Moon.
After being broken up into smaller pieces, which of the following would happen to the Earth's Moon?
A) The Moon remnants keep drifting away from us, regardless of the fact that the pieces are now smaller.
B) The Moon now does not have the "power" to counter Earth's gravity due to not being the massive object it used to be, so the pieces all fall to the Earth and that ends everything.
C) The Moon gets close to Earth but does not fall down on the surface. The pieces form an asteroid belt made of lunar remains much like the Jovian planets, which will never get away or closer to us and remain in a relatively perfect ellipse?