The Brave Six Who Stood Beneath An Exploding Nuclear Bomb

On July 19, 1957, five men stood at ground zero for a nuclear test.

Over the past few decades, the world has made great strides in nuclear power development. It all started with World War II, and since then the world has passed many milestones and nuclear weapons have become even more powerful.

Nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the world witnessed the beginning of the atomic age. Since then, extensive research and development efforts have been undertaken to improve these formidable capabilities. In order to assess the effects of nuclear weapons on the human body, the United States conducted extremely daring experiments.

according to NPR, on July 19, 1957, five Air Force officers and a photographer stood together on the ground about 105 miles northwest of Las Vegas. They had marked the location on a handwritten sign hammered into the soft ground right next to them: “Ground Zero, Population 5.” Video from the time shows two F-89 fighter jets roaring into view, one of which fires a nuclear missile carrying a nuclear warhead.

The soldiers are waiting. There is a countdown. At 18,500 feet, the missile exploded and exploded. In other words, these men intentionally stood directly beneath an exploding 2-kiloton nuclear bomb. One of them looks up (he is wearing sunglasses) at a critical moment.

Watch the video here:

according to smithsonian magazine“The five men were Colonel Sidney Bruce, Lt. Col. Frank P. Ball, Maj. Norman “Body” Bodinger, Maj. John Hughes, Don Luttrell, and George Yoshitake (cameraman, not visible). .”

according to vice news, After World War II, Britain, the Soviet Union, and the United States detonated more than 2,000 atomic bombs. In Britain, 20,000 soldiers witnessed their government’s atomic detonation. Only a few of them are still alive, and the glow of the mushroom cloud core they witnessed still haunts them. “The nuclear explosion, that defined my life,” Douglas Hearn, a British soldier who experienced five nuclear bomb tests, told Motherboard.

“When the flash hit, I could see the X-rays of my hand through my closed eyes,” he says. “Then a fever hit you. It was like someone my size had lit a fire and went through me. It was an unearthed experience. It was very strange. Some had bruises and broken legs. We couldn’t believe it. “It was terrifying. To say it was terrifying is an understatement. We were shocked by it all. I think it was silent.”

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