By Andrew Liszewski
I’m not the partying type, so I let Evan and David take care of the ‘schmoozing’ part of CES. But when a party is thrown at the Las Vegas Atomic Testing Museum, how can I not attend? The museum was opened in March of 2005 and documents the history of the atomic bomb tests at the Nevada Test Site starting in January of 1951. They’ve got some great artifacts in their collection, including an actual nuclear bomb pictured above (minus the explody bits of course) and if you’re a fan of mushroom clouds, it’s probably worth stopping by on your next visit to Las Vegas.
And I’ve included a few more pics after the jump.
Apparently J.C. Penny lent a large collection of their clothing mannequins to the Nevada Test Site for testing the effects of a nuclear blast on humans. Or at least crude, plaster representations of them. The before and after states of each mannequin were documented, and for some reason J.C. Penny felt these photos would make for a great ad. Oh, and they also put many of these mannequins in their stores across the country for the public to see in person. What’s that? Radiation? Never heard of it.
When the atomic bomb tests moved underground, the Nevada test site had to develop some advanced mining techniques and equipment since the tunnels they dug out for the bombs had to be as straight as an arrow.
A collection of film dosimeters from over the years. They’re used to monitor the radiation exposure levels of workers at the Nevada Test Site.