Here’s What a Nuclear Bomb Detonating in Space Looks Like

During the early years of the Cold War, it wasn’t weird to wonder what a nuclear bomb would do if it was detonated in space. Right as the space age began, the idea that the Soviet Union could lob a bomb over the ocean or drop a bomb from an orbiting satellite was a very real fear. To this end, the United States detonated its own nuclear bombs to gather data on what the fallout would look like. Knowing what to expect was the best defense against being caught unprepared.

(via Nerdist)

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