US nuclear test videos just made public

In the 1940s and 1960s, the United States conducted hundreds of nuclear tests, and images of some of these experiments are well known and circulated over the Internet for a long time. However, most of the films captured during the rehearsals still remain in the vigilant custody of the US government - and kept well out of the public eye.

The problem is that the experiments were actually captured on film, and this material, as you may know, is subject to deterioration over time. Thus, because of the "Top Secret" rating of the rehearsals, about 10, 000 film reels that were locked in high-security safes across the US literally began to rot.

Recovering the Past

Luckily, the US government decided to make the material public, and according to David Szondy of the New Atlas portal five years ago, the staff at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory began working against time to digitize, analyze and preserve the footage of 210 nuclear tests conducted between 1945 and 1962 - recorded at 2, 400 frames per second.

According to David, since no nuclear tests - on the surface - have been conducted in the United States in the last 55 years, and no nuclear tests of any kind have been conducted in the country since 1991, the films of the first nuclear fission and fusion bomb explosions are from vital importance.

This is because the information contained in the films, besides having undoubted historical value, is of enormous importance for research in the area and serves as scientists and engineers to maintain and modernize the US nuclear arsenal. In addition, the lab team's work is not limited to digitizing film images, but also gathering documents and analyzing data collected during nuclear tests.

By the way, when the first records were evaluated, the experts realized that most of the studies published at the time the trials were conducted had wrong information. According to the lab staff, the reason was that the experiments were then manually analyzed without the help of sophisticated equipment or scanners, meaning that scientists had to study and draw their conclusions from thousands and thousands. of frames - which could easily lead to misunderstandings.

In addition, even with a large analyst team, reading the movies took several days. With technology available today, lab staff are able to do the same work in minutes - so that out of 10, 000 film reels, 6, 500 have been recovered, and around 400-500 analyzed by experts.

Of the total digitized films, 750 were no longer Top Secret, and 63 were broadcast on the lab's YouTube channel. We here at Mega Curioso have included some of these videos throughout the article, but you can check out the full list via this link.