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LC33 Launchpad

At the close of World War 2, America had no rocket program and so imported the Nazi regime’s rockets and its scientists to build a program in the US. This model of V-2 is named Hermes. Launch Complex 33 is where early rockets were launched. For additional art, click on Collections buttons for drop-down menus

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Sliced Pork

The larger steel frames were used to hold window frames containing glass and the smaller frames were used to hold pigs wearing American military uniforms during atomic weapons tests. They were testing resistance to blast waves to judge damage. I thought any idiot would know that the pigs would die horrible deaths. Not to make […]

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Frenchman Flat

These bunkers were built to house instruments and cameras during atomic weapons tests. Like the tests involving the Huron-King vacuum chamber, the scientists were primarily interested in the first few milliseconds rather than the destruction. That they remain on Frenchman Flat is a testament to their construction and placement in the desert. There was an […]

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Sedan Crater

Sedan Crater was the result of a thermonuclear test on July 6, 1962. The crater is on the National Register of Historic Places and is in Area 10 on Yucca Flat of the NTS. Sedan subjected more Americans to radiation than any other nuclear test; approximately 13 million people were directly affected, as the contents […]

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Targets

When one is in the Army and looking for targets, I guess one building is as good as another. The Army, for reasons unknown, chose to use these historic structures for target practice sometime during the 1960’s and 70’s. This is why there is the National Trust for Historic Preservation: it attempts to keep destructive […]

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Trinity

The first atomic bomb was exploded here on July 16, 1945, in the presence of hundreds of scientists at distances of 10,000+ yards. My father’s premature death from radiation poisoning is what fuels my photography of atomic weapons test sites. In visiting the site, it looks as though a giant boxing glove punched the ground […]

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To Die For

When the AEC was forced to take atomic testing underground due to the Limited Test Ban of 1963, they drilled mile-deep holes into which they lowered tests and instrumentation. This hole was 88″ (223cm) in diameter and 5000+ feet deep. This is not a hole into which one would like to fall. So the crews […]

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Apple-II House

This Apple-II house was constructed 7,500 feet from ground zero, and while our guide claimed the house is relatively undamaged, I’m glad I was not in attendance. The bomb blast burned off the shingles, tar paper, and the roof. The house was furnished with a family of mannequins at a dinner party while outside the […]