The Beginning Of The End: Restored Footage Of The First Nuclear Bomb Test

March 13, 2019

This is some restored (including "removing dirt and scratches and minimizing some defects in the processing of the original negative") high definition footage of the Manhattan Project's codename Trinity nuclear bomb test conducted by the United States on July 16, 1945 in the Jornada del Muerto desert of New Mexico. Some more info while I wonder if this is how it will all end:

The bomb was detonated, producing an intense flash and a fireball that expanded to 600 meters in two seconds. The explosive power was equivalent to 18.6 kilotons of TNT. It grew to a height of more than 12 kilometers, boiling up in the shape of a mushroom. Forty seconds later, the blast of air from the bomb reached the observation bunkers, along with a long and deafening roar of sound.

Like Uncle Ben tells Peter Parker, "with great power comes great responsibility." And I'm still not convinced humanity is capable of handling nuclear responsibility. "Says the guy who's always itching to press the big red button." Hey -- but only if it Death Stars the entire planet, I wanna do it right.

Keep going for the video, which starts with a wide shot, then a medium shot at 0:30, and a closeup at 0:56.

Thanks to Luc, who agrees we should be dropping it like it's hot, not bombs.

  • Keegano

    42 seconds in and I'm watching some unfortunate birds who got fried a few seconds later.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Obviously nuclear weapons are amazing things. Nobody really knew what was going to happen the first time they made a big blast. They had an idea that it was gonna make a bomb but they didn't really know how big it was going to be. It's downright phenomenal that human beings not unlike your average geekologie commenter (although probably more educated) were able to figure out fission. It obviously took a long while and a series of inventions to come together and form this new and terrifying thing.

    The thing that really blows my mind is that these dudes figured out how to build cyclotrons (the machines that enriched uranium), and explosive lenses to concentrate the fissile material and housing and cameras that could capture the fine details of the detonation... using slide-rules and their own brains! I don't even know how to use a sliderule!

  • ChungLingSoo

    Obviously, Peter Parker is the only one who should have access to the big button. He's the only one we know for sure who has learned the lesson.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Way better than the 'remastered' star war. #HanShotFirst

  • Megatron Jenkins

    I have an ex-girlfriend bought me a shirt with Han Solo on it, says "Damn right I shot first"

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