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Space Nuke Explosion Was the Ultimate Firecracker

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http://gizmodo.com/5578740/this-space-nuke-explosion-was-the-ultimate-firecracker

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In 1962, the US government thought it might be a good idea to send a hydrogen bomb hundreds of miles into the air and detonate it. Just, you know, to see what happened. Decades later, now you can too.

The recently declassified image was collected by Peter Kuran for his titillatingly titled documentary Nukes In Space. NPR has the full story here, but this is the juicy bit:

The plan was to send rockets hundreds of miles up, higher than the Earth's atmosphere, and then detonate nuclear weapons to see: a) If a bomb's radiation would make it harder to see what was up there (like incoming Russian missiles!); B) If an explosion would do any damage to objects nearby; c) If the Van Allen belts would move a blast down the bands to an earthly target (Moscow! for example); and - most peculiar - d) if a man-made explosion might "alter" the natural shape of the [Earth's magnetic] belts.

So, that's what the government was up to in 1962. You know, normal stuff, like trying to alter the Earth's magnetic field and seeing if we could nuke Russia from space.

Full Story and Video here:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128170775


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hmm, thinks of the Original film: The day the earth stood still


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d) if a man-made explosion might "alter" the natural shape of the [Earth's magnetic] belts.

uber retarded


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I agree Lady, what the frack.


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I heard that article on NPR last week. I was dumbfounded. Apparently, the explosion illuminated the entire pacific ocean like pure daylight for a few seconds. O_O


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Reminds you of Sunshine eehhh ;)


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gee, how much did this tardism cost the taxpayers


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