In 1946, the US detonated two nuclear bombs in Bikini Atoll to test the effects of nuclear bombs on naval warships. The second bomb that exploded was named Baker, and it was the first nuclear bomb to detonate underwater. Recently, these rare photographs of the explosion have surfaced, giving valuable insight into the destructive properties [...]

In 1946, the US detonated two nuclear bombs in Bikini Atoll to test the effects of nuclear bombs on naval warships. The second bomb that exploded was named Baker, and it was the first nuclear bomb to detonate underwater. Recently, these rare photographs of the explosion have surfaced, giving valuable insight into the destructive properties [...]

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In 1946, the US detonated two nuclear bombs in Bikini Atoll to test the effects of nuclear bombs on naval warships. The second bomb that exploded was named Baker, and it was the first nuclear bomb to detonate underwater. Recently, these rare photographs of the explosion have surfaced, giving valuable insight into the destructive properties [...]

In 1946, the US detonated two nuclear bombs in Bikini Atoll to test the effects of nuclear bombs on naval warships. The second bomb that exploded was named Baker, and it was the first nuclear bomb to detonate underwater. Recently, these rare photographs of the explosion have surfaced, giving valuable insight into the destructive properties [...]

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The first nuclear bomb was tested at the Nevada Test Site on January 27, 1951. The nuke shot was called  ‘Able’ and it was the first air-dropped nuclear device to be exploded on American soil.

The first nuclear bomb was tested at the Nevada Test Site on January 27, 1951. The nuke shot was called ‘Able’ and it was the first air-dropped nuclear device to be exploded on American soil.

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Exposed wiring of The Gadget, the nuclear device which exploded as part of Trinity, the first nuclear weapons test of an atomic bomb. At the time of this photo, the device was being prepared for its detonation, which took place on July 16, 1945. (U.S. Department of Defense)

Exposed wiring of The Gadget, the nuclear device which exploded as part of Trinity, the first nuclear weapons test of an atomic bomb. At the time of this photo, the device was being prepared for its detonation, which took place on July 16, 1945. (U.S. Department of Defense)

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Blast of an Atomic Bomb Underwater Test, July 1946.  This photo was taken from a tower on Bikini Island, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) away.

Blast of an Atomic Bomb Underwater Test, July 1946. This photo was taken from a tower on Bikini Island, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) away.

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The Enola Gay dropped the "Little Boy" atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In this photograph are five of the aircraft's ground crew with mission commander Paul Tibbets in the center.

The Enola Gay dropped the "Little Boy" atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In this photograph are five of the aircraft's ground crew with mission commander Paul Tibbets in the center.

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A children’s puzzle of the successful explosion of the first nuclear bomb in China, October 16, 1964. Approximately 20 million Chinese had perished from famine in the previous 4 years, due to Mao’s failed ‘Great Leap Forward’.

A children’s puzzle of the successful explosion of the first nuclear bomb in China, October 16, 1964. Approximately 20 million Chinese had perished from famine in the previous 4 years, due to Mao’s failed ‘Great Leap Forward’.

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Operation Castle Romeo | first test of the TX-17 thermonuclear weapon (initially the "emergency capability" EC-17), the first deployed U.S. thermonuclear bomb. The so-called "runt" device was a weaponized "dry" fusion bomb, using lithium deuteride fuel for the fusion stage of a "staged" fusion bomb, unlike the cryogenic liquid deuterium of the first-generation Ivy Mike fusion device. March 27, 1954

Operation Castle Romeo | first test of the TX-17 thermonuclear weapon (initially the "emergency capability" EC-17), the first deployed U.S. thermonuclear bomb. The so-called "runt" device was a weaponized "dry" fusion bomb, using lithium deuteride fuel for the fusion stage of a "staged" fusion bomb, unlike the cryogenic liquid deuterium of the first-generation Ivy Mike fusion device. March 27, 1954

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J. Robert Oppenheimer, born on April 22, 1904, was the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons. He strongly opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, however, and in 1953 was suspended from secret nuclear research as an alleged communist sympathizer, a case backed by Edward Teller. In 1963 he was reinstated and awarded the Enrico Fermi Award.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, born on April 22, 1904, was the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons. He strongly opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, however, and in 1953 was suspended from secret nuclear research as an alleged communist sympathizer, a case backed by Edward Teller. In 1963 he was reinstated and awarded the Enrico Fermi Award.

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