If you adoration military or scientific history and don’t live in fear of a nuclear holocaust, you are able to watch dozens of newly declassified cinemas of U.S. nuclear bomb exams on YouTube.
The videos show over 200 atmospheric nuclear tests the U.S. conducted over about a 50 year period, from 1945 to 1992. Since the military shot multiple slants of these exams, approximately 10,000 cinemas of the explosions exist.
That’s where Greg Spriggs, of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, be coming back. Spriggs is heading up the effort to pinpoint, scan and analyze all these cinemas. So far, the project has compiled about two-thirds of the cinemas but simply searched 400 to 500. And, the coming week, a few dozen cinemas were uploaded by the lab to YouTube.
The videos are available in a playlist and are all labeled by their project code names, like Operation Plumbbob and Operation Teapot.
Spriggs, in an introductory movie to the playlist, talks about how the old cinemas are deteriorating, leaving us with little evidence of these exams that he considers “part of our history.”
The cinemas are a gateway into the past as well as the grand scale and fright of the nuclear threat.
For more on Spriggs’ project, check out this aspect from 2015, before the cinemas made the web.
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