US releases secret footage of atom bomb tests

ABC News Australia:

After collecting dust in high-security vaults for more than 65 years, hundreds of reels of film showing Cold War nuclear bomb tests have been declassified by the United States.

From 1945 to 1962, the United States detonated more than 210 nuclear bombs, with multiple cameras capturing each explosion at around 2,400 frames per second. For decades, about 10,000 of these films have been locked away, sitting idle, scattered across the US in high-security vaults. Until now.

A team from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has worked for the last five years on finding, declassifying and preserving the films’ content before it was lost forever.

These videos are simultaneously fascinating, beautiful, and terrifying.



  • GlennC777

    Some incredible footage. It’s only human nature to find this kind of physical power awesome. The physics involved is on a scale beyond anything comprehensible.

    “I think that if we capture the history of this and show what the force of these weapons are and how much devastation they can wreak, then maybe people will be reluctant to use them.”

    Most people, yes.

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    • Mo

      It is fascinating. But having viewed it, I somehow can’t help but imagine an infant in a high-chair throwing his food instead of eating it.

      These weapons are the ultimate expression of a species that shouldn’t be allowed to use them. And I’ll bet they’re a reason why our galaxy has fewer neighbors for us to eventually meet than we’d expect.