Who says detonating a Nuke in space is bad idea?

Now any self-respecting Superman 2 Geek knows that detonating a nuke in outer space is great news for any super-evil kryptonians that happen to be passing the blast range in their supposedly inescapable Phantom Zone prison.

According to this declassified image over on the DVICE site this is what a real nuke detonating in outer space looks like.

If you think that’s crazy then wait until you read the reasoning behind it.

The plan was to send rockets hundreds of miles up, higher than the Earth’s atmosphere, and then detonate nuclear weapons to see: a) If a bomb’s radiation would make it harder to see what was up there (like incoming Russian missiles!); b) If an explosion would do any damage to objects nearby; c) If the Van Allen belts would move a blast down the bands to an earthly target (Moscow! for example); and — most peculiar — d) if a man-made explosion might “alter” the natural shape of the [Earth’s magnetic] belts.

I know not exactly the most sensible of experiments and I’m guessing that was one of the reasons why these insane experiments were canned soon after. It makes you wonder what other crazy experiments our governments have been up.

Personally I’m still waiting for the next set of declassified photos…the ones with General Zod uprooting the american flag on the moon and proclaiming it the new Krypton.

Source: DVICE

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  1. “According to this declassified image over on the DVICE site this is what a real nuke detonating in OUT SPICE looks like.” Shouldn’t that be OUTER SPACE?

    • geeksyndicate /

      oops cheers for the heads up mate!

  2. Spikey_p /

    I think this relates to the last bunch of nuclear tests the US did right before the comprehensive test ban treaty Kennedy signed with the Russians came into force around ’62/’63… There had been several hundred atmospheric and underwater tests in the preceeding 15 years or so, so they understood pretty well how bomb detonations behave under those conditions and how to build and set them to get different yields and results, so before the treaty came in, they had pretty much all the data they needed from that point on. The one thing they hadn’t tried was sending the bombs up to orbital and suborbital altitudes, because the tech wasn’t up to it until the early 60s.

    Once the test ban treaty was signed, the US miliatry brass REALLY went for it and basically did as many tests as they could possible do before the date the treaty came into effect (pissing off the Russians no end, of course) and it was then that they discovered the dramatic interactions of the explosion with the Earth’s magnetic field and the effect it had back on Earth. This is how they discovered about the EMP, basically.

    Although, I’m not sure they used that information subsequently to build Goldeneye satellites as orbital EMP weapon platforms… But I like to believe that they did.

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