Seen here looking suspiciously like a Photoshopped propane tank, the last B53 nuclear bomb -- a bomb approximately 600x more powerful than the one dropped on Hiroshima, is being disassembled in Texas. And being assembled in Texas? I dunno, probably a monster truck.
The completion of the dismantling program is a year ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, and aligns with President Barack Obama's goal of reducing the number of nuclear weapons.
Since it was made using older technology by engineers who have since retired or died, developing a disassembly process took time. Engineers had to develop complex tools and new procedures to ensure safety.
The weapon is considered dismantled when the roughly 300 pounds of high explosives inside are separated from the special nuclear material, known as the pit. The uranium pits from bombs dismantled at Pantex will be stored on an interim basis at the plant, Cunningham said.
You know why the government is disassembling nuclear bombs? "An effort to ensure the survival of humanity?" Daaaaaw, you're cute. No -- because we've already developed something even more devastating. Look at us everybody, we're taking all our nukes apart! *quietly aiming moon-laser at Russia*
US's most powerful nuclear bomb being dismantled [yahoonews]
Thanks to Matt, who agrees you can't trust anything a government tells you, particularly if it's important.