About a week ago the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was able to release its largest batch of ‘movies’ yet. You will want to see this!
These videos are made available to the public through the lab’s Youtube channel and really are quite mind-blowing. This most recent batch includes around 250 videos from about eight different series of tests that literally covered almost a decade worth of time. This covered everything from Operation Upshot-Knothole to Operation Dominic. While most people won’t think much of these videos, it is amazing that we are finally getting to see them.
Some of these videos are a bit underwhelming but the others are spectacularly-scary. The US military has detonated lots of bombs and plenty of them were detonated during the Cold War era. We used to test all kinds of nuclear weapons and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been working hard to restore and digitize the footage from all of these tests and as more and more footage is released we cannot help but be so mesmerized in many different ways. This footage would have been all but lost without the efforts this research facility is putting forth.
According to Big Think, the US is estimated to have created about 10,000 nuclear test films from the year 1945 to the year 1962 so there is plenty more to come. Around 4,200 films have been scanned and at least 750 have been declassified in more recent times. While this number might sound low it is a great start.
LLNL wrote as follows in regards to their restoration efforts on their website:
“You can smell vinegar when you open the cans, which is one of the byproducts of the decomposition process of these films,” Spriggs said. “We know that these films are on the brink of decomposing to the point where they’ll become useless. The data that we’re collecting now must be preserved in a digital form because no matter how well you treat the films, no matter how well you preserve or store them, they will decompose. They’re made out of organic material, and organic material decomposes. So this is it. We got to this project just in time to save the data.”
While it is quite terrifying it is so interesting to see such a huge piece of history. To see the rest of these released videos click here.