Baker test, part of operation Crossroads.
24 July 1946
Sub-surface burst at Bikini Atoll Lagoon, Marshall Islands.
23 kiloton yield.
Test ships can be seen being enveloped by the shock wave. In total 8 ships were sunk and 8 severly damaged.
Serious radioactive contamination occurred during this test. Bikini Island, some 3 miles from the detonation point could not be safely landed on for a week. (via sierradelta74’s photostream)
11:15 am • 29 September 2010 • 6 notes
Hiroshima Hypocenter - 1945 (by CRGPIX)
The A-Bomb Dome is visible on the waterfront. The bridge we are standing on in the previous panoramic is the T-shaped bridge above.
The hypocenter is visible here, approximately in-between the y-shaped intersection at center-left. You can see how much the bomb missed by.
3:13 pm • 21 September 2010 • 5 notes
E’ curioso come il nome del bombardiere B-29 che trasportava e che sganciò la prima bomba atomica, fosse 'Enola Gay', dal nome della madre del pilota, e quello dato alla bomba fosse 'Little Boy'.
E’ curioso, perchè poi l’aereo gemello, che aveva ‘solo’ il compito di scattare foto, fu chiamato invece 'Necessary Evil'.
Chi scelse i nomi doveva essere dotato di un particolare umorismo no?
11:08 am • 22 July 2010 • 5 notes
Please Don’t Smoke Near the Atomic Bomb… (by Mondmann)
Nose section of the “Enola Gay,” the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the first atomic bomb ever to be used in war, on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. The plane is on display at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. (Note the warning on the wheel well door: “No Smoking Within 100 Ft.”)
10:57 am • 22 July 2010 • 6 notes