Video: Rare Video Of 1953 Nuclear Blast With Actual Live Audio Unearthed
This is an amazing bit of video and audio, generally when you've seen a nuclear explosion on film, as a rule, the sound is synthesized somehow.
But Alex Wellerstein, an historian of science at the American Institute of Physics, has shared a unigue video of a blast during America's testing of nukes in the Yukka Mountain area of Nevada during the 1950s. The historian was sent the video below from a Russian colleague, and has now shared it on his blog.
I looked up the blog: Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog. and he links a YouTube edit embedded below. The screen is dark for the fist 2 minutes or so, until you eventually hear a countdown from five. After you seen the flash og light and the explosion, it takes several seconds for the sound to reach the recording point. Pretty awesome, if you ask me.
Click the image to go to a YouTube edit of the video that I made. You can see the original via NARA’s page, or click here for a direct link to the WMV file (90MB). The video starts off pretty dark and muddled, but don’t let that turn you off. What’s interesting about this clip is not the visual aspects. The test looks like any old nuclear test, but with poor film quality.