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Title: Weapon Physicist Declassifies Rescued Nuclear Test Films

The U.S. conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962, with multiple cameras capturing each event at around 2,400 frames per second. But in the decades since, around 10,000 of these fmore »ilms sat idle, scattered across the country in high-security vaults. Not only were they gathering dust, the film material itself was slowly decomposing, bringing the data they contained to the brink of being lost forever. For the past five years, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) weapon physicist Greg Spriggs and a crack team of film experts, archivists and software developers have been on a mission to hunt down, scan, reanalyze and declassify these decomposing films. The goals are to preserve the films’ content before it’s lost forever, and provide better data to the post-testing-era scientists who use computer codes to help certify that the aging U.S. nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure and effective.« less
Title: Weapon Physicist Declassifies Rescued Nuclear Test Films
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Publication Date: 2017-03-15
OSTI Identifier: 1354720
DOE Contract Number: AC5207NA27344
Resource Type: Multimedia
Research Org: Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org: USDOE
Subject: 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS ; 98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION ; LLNL ; FILM ; ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE ; ATMOSPHERIC NUCLEAR TESTS ; NUCLEAR WEAPONS ; FILM ANALYSIS ; SCANNING ; PRESERVATION
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 00:03:10
System Entry Date: 2018-05-31