Remastered footage of the first ever atomic bomb
Published : Thursday, 14 March, 2019 at 1:31 PM Count : 235
Incredible remastered footage has been released showing the moment the world's first ever nuclear bomb was detonated.
The 'Trinity' test on 5:29am MT (11:29am GMT) July 16, 1945 was the culmination of years of work by the famed Manhattan Project and ushered into existence the nuclear era when the plutonium bomb, dubbed 'Gadget', exploded in the Jornada del Muerto desert, the daily Mail reports.
Footage released by YouTube site AtomCentral shows it in unprecedented clarity after the removal of dirt and scratches minimised defects in the processing of the original negative.
The explosion was equivalent to 18.6 kilotons of TNT (78 TJ) and was the predecessor to the Fat Man bomb dropped over Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945 - killing more than 40,000 people.
The site was originally the USAAF Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range and was converted into a site for the detonation by the US military.
A mushroom cloud erupted from Gadget after it was detonated and plumed into the air, creating the iconic image synonymous with nuclear warfare.
The cloud then rapidly expands with the raw energy created by the nuclear fission chain reaction.
Onlookers to the ground-breaking event included notable scientists Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynman and Robert Oppenheimer.
YouTuber, AtomCentral, recently also released footage of 1953 nuclear tests in Nevada.
These included videos showing how a 15-kiloton Grable bomb blast can strip the paint off cars.
The video came from the Federal Civil Defense Administration's Upshot-Knothole nuclear test series.