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 [...]

Remarkable photos of the world's first underwater nuclear explosion

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 [...]

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.

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 Working Out Physics Equations on the Blackboard in His Office

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.

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.

1940s: This was the first nuclear bomb in the world. It was used on Japan to end the war. It was built in the Manhattan Project in New Mexico. It employed over 100,000 people.

1940s: This was the first nuclear bomb in the world. It was used on Japan to end the war. It was built in the Manhattan Project in New Mexico. It employed over 100,000 people.

The horrifying power of modern atomic bombs. via fastco.

Ingeniously Charting The Horrifying Power Of Today’s Nuclear Bombs

The horrifying power of modern atomic bombs. via fastco.

Hiroshima after the nuclear bomb named "Little boy" on the B-29 "Enola Gay" the 6 August 1945. Shortly after 8 am 15, the Little Boy bomb out of the cargo hold at an altitude of 9450 m. At 8 h 16 min 2 sec after about 43 seconds of free fall, enabled by the altitude sensors and radars, it exploded 580 meters vertically above the Shima Hospital in the heart of the metropolitan area, about 300 m southeast of the initially targeted bridge, releasing energy equivalent to about 15,000 tons of…

Hiroshima after the nuclear bomb named "Little boy" on the B-29 "Enola Gay" the 6 August 1945. Shortly after 8 am 15, the Little Boy bomb out of the cargo hold at an altitude of 9450 m. At 8 h 16 min 2 sec after about 43 seconds of free fall, enabled by the altitude sensors and radars, it exploded 580 meters vertically above the Shima Hospital in the heart of the metropolitan area, about 300 m southeast of the initially targeted bridge, releasing energy equivalent to about 15,000 tons of…

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’.

Tsar Bomba (Russian: Царь-бомба) is the nickname for the AN602 hydrogen bomb, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated.

Tsar Bomba (Russian: Царь-бомба) is the nickname for the AN602 hydrogen bomb, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated.

TV Remembers the First Nuclear Bomb Test By Benjamin Meyers on December 15, 2015  Manh(a)ttan re-creates the race to Trinity. Working near the original test site revealed personal stories from the dawn of the nuclear age to the show’s cast and crew. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy

TV Remembers the First Nuclear Bomb Test By Benjamin Meyers on December 15, 2015 Manh(a)ttan re-creates the race to Trinity. Working near the original test site revealed personal stories from the dawn of the nuclear age to the show’s cast and crew. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy

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