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Atomic Photography: Blasts from the Past

A gallery of images reveals the weird beauty of fireballs, mushroom clouds, vapor columns, and the “rope trick” during atomic tests in the Pacific and at the Nevada Test Site.
July 1, 2015
Atomic Photography: Blasts from the Past

Atomic Photography: Blasts from the Past

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Twenty-five U.S. atmospheric nuclear weapons operations (each a series of tests) were filmed between 1945 and 1963.

Nuclear weapons tests provided a rich harvest of photographic imagery as researchers used still cameras and movie cameras to document every aspect of detonation.

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