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For the first time, about 750 films of nuclear tests, with mission names such as Operation Hardtack, Operation Plumbbob, Operation Teapot, have been declassified by the US Government. Between 1945 and 1962 the United States conducted over 200 nuclear tests up high in the atmosphere to learn about the power of nuclear weapons. The explosions were, studied and then stored in high-security vaults across the US.
Released clips of nuclear tests
Some of the released films are in colour whilst others are in black and white. If you wanted to, you can watch a collect of about 60 films on youtube. We have uploaded 3 clips for you to watch in awe. The project is spearheaded by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) weapon physicist Greg Spriggs. Greg is hoping to save the films, reanalyze them, and get every bit of data out of them.
“We don’t have any experimental data for modern weapons in the atmosphere,” Spriggs says in a video about the project. “The only data we have are the old tests, so it gets a little bit more complicated.”
What are your views on the clips?
What are your views of the nuclear test clips? Let us know in the comments below!