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Castle Bravo Test: 7/26/2017 03:36:37


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In case you have not seen this you might want to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2I66dHbSRA

This is film footage of the Castle Bravo test.

On 1 March 1954 a thermonuclear device was tested that was expected to yield a force equivalent to 6 megatons of TNT. In the event the yield was 2.5 times as great with a measured yield of 15 megatons. To give a hint of the scale of this thing, consider the yield of the Nagasaki bomb which exploded with a force equivalent to approximately 20,000 tons of TNT. The Castle Bravo device had a yield 750 times greater. The number of those killed by the Nagasaki bomb is variously estimated at 39,000 to 80,000 people; no one knows the exact number of those who died.

The film was made from a distance of approximately 50 miles.

It was the largest explosion ever produced by the United States and was at the time the largest explosion produced by human beings. The Soviet Union exceeded the United States most notably with the Tsar Bomb which had a yield of 50 megatons TNT equivalent...

These are some of the fruits of rationality.

Sweet dreams.
Castle Bravo Test: 7/26/2017 04:07:34


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Some further fun, Vsauce on cruel bombs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHZAaGidUbg
Castle Bravo Test: 7/26/2017 04:20:21


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The scientists at Bikini atoll didn't think the lithium-7 isotope in the lithium deuteride filling would contribute significantly to the yield of the weapon. Hence the 6 megaton yield estimate. Their lithium was enriched to 40% lithium-6 isotope as it was believed this was necessary for the weapon to function properly.

The design of the Castle Bravo device was the first demonstration of a deliverable thermonuclear device, since the previous device (the Ivy Mike device) was the size of a building and used a bulky cryogenic system.
Castle Bravo Test: 7/26/2017 04:27:08


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Why the fuck is your username this horrible incident?
Castle Bravo Test: 7/26/2017 04:28:41


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I used to be very interested in nuclear weapon design.
Castle Bravo Test: 7/26/2017 04:38:13


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to be edgy
Castle Bravo Test: 7/26/2017 05:33:01


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It is hard to grasp the magnitude of force set loose by these large scale thermonuclear weapons.

The following film (from the Trinity and Beyond 70th anniversary edition documentary) is of the Operation Crossroads Baker Test. The Baker Test was of a Nagasaki-bomb scale weapon set off underwater amongst a fleet of 95 obsolete warships. One of these ships the aircraft carrier Saratoga (CV-3) which was 888 feet long or 270 meters. The other capital ships are of a similar size. The test took place on 25 July 1946.

Because of the vast amounts of radioactive fallout produced chemist Glenn T. Seaborg, the longest-serving chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, called Baker "the world's first nuclear disaster." His meaning, i suppose, being that they were surprised at how dirty the test was.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy6-ZKWCoH0

The narrator is William Shatner, the music is performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
Castle Bravo Test: 7/26/2017 06:14:49


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One of my favorite documentaries.

We were going to watch a movie for our AP Physics class junior year, and I suggested Trinity and Beyond. Sadly, it lost a vote to "The Martian"

Edited 7/26/2017 06:15:16
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