Declassified videos of old nuclear bomb tests are also scary as hell

If you love scientific or military background and don’t live in fear of a nuclear holocaust, now you can watch dozens of newly declassified films of U.S. nuclear bomb tests on YouTube.

The videos show over 200 atmospheric nuclear tests the U.S. conducted roughly a 50 year period, from 1945 to 1992. Considering that the army shot multiple angles of those evaluations, approximately 10,000 films of these explosions exist.

That is where Greg Spriggs, of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, comes in. Spriggs is heading up the effort to locate, scan and examine these films. Up to now, the project has accumulated about two-thirds of those films but just scanned 400 to 500. And, this week, a few dozen films were uploaded by the laboratory to YouTube.

The videos are available in a playlist and so are labeled by their project code names, like Operation Plumbbob and Operation Teapot.

Spriggs in an introductory movie to the playlist, talks about the way the previous films are disintegrating, leaving us with little evidence of those tests that he considers “part of our history .”

The films are a gateway into the past in addition to the grand scale and terror of the nuclear threat.

For much more on Spriggs’ project, have a look at this attribute from 2015, before the films hit the web.


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