All-American Nuclear Explosion Photos

Photo: US Government Defense Threat Reduction Agency

This photo-article in The Atlantic contains some rare and disturbingly beautiful photos from the era of reckless American nuclear testing.  It includes a few of the really interesting photos taken just a millisecond after detonation, when the explosion is still a relatively tiny ball of plasma.


“Since the time of Trinity — the first nuclear explosion in 1945 — nearly 2,000 nuclear tests have been performed. Most of these occurred during the 1960s and 1970s. When the technology was new, tests were frequent and often spectacular, and they led to the development of newer, more deadly weapons. Since the 1990s, there have been efforts to limit the testing of nuclear weapons, including a U.S. moratorium and a U.N. comprehensive test ban treaty. As a result, testing has slowed — though not halted — and there are looming questions about who will take over for those experienced engineers who are now near retirement? Gathered here are images from the first 30 years of nuclear testing.”

See more at The Atlantic


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  • SmokinTokinJokinBrit

    i would love to sit on a hillside with a nice joint and just watch a nuclear test, i couldnt think of anything more awe inspiring in the world, except space 

  • BuzzCoastin

    How many times do I have to tell you kids
    Don’t Play With Fire!

    Sorry Mom
    we won’t do it again.
    snicker, snicker, cough, laugh

  • 99prozent

    There is a wonderful book full of pictures of tests – well, mostly of the explosions and fireballs themselves: 100 Suns by Michael Light. 

  • Threedinium

    ……. it looks like a fucking clitoris.

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