Thursday, June 9, 2016

Visiting the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas

The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, documents the history of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site, in the desert north of Las Vegas.

An office setting at the Nevada Test Site, left. A piece of trinitite, right, a glassy residue left on the desert floor after the Trinity nuclear bomb test on July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

A full-scale model of a B61 air-to-surface nuclear bomb, left. Atomic-themed items, right, along with Civil Defense artifacts.

Vintage Union Pacific Railroad calendar, left; The Naming of Tests, center; and exhibit on testing in vertical shafts, right.

Exhibit of 1950s weapons development and safety tests, left. The cratered terrain of Yucca Flat, right.

Nevada Test Site workers in radiation suits, left. Right, a collection of Geiger counters used to detect radiation levels.

Full-scale model of a Mk/B53 air-to-surface thermonuclear bomb, left. Right, items used by indigenous peoples who once lived on lands now within the Nevada Test Site.

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