By Andrew Liszewski
The atomic bomb can probably be considered one of the greatest ‘gadgets’ of all time and while we’ve all seen movies and pictures of the ominous mushroom cloud I doubt many of us have seen photos of the blast like these.
Harold Edgerton built a special lens 10 feet long for his camera which was set up in a bunker 7 miles from the source of the blast which was triggered Nevada – the bomb placed atop a steel gantry anchored to the desert floor by guide wires. The exposures are at 1/100,000,000ths of a second.
There are some slightly larger versions of these photos (with descriptions) on OddPeak.com and another shot taken slightly earlier than the above two. If anyone knows where I can find larger versions of these photos please post a link in the comments.
Thanks to Joe who submitted this link to some slightly larger versions.