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Bassoon Exploding on Bikini Atoll

Bassoon Exploding on Bikini Atoll

On this day in 1956, the United States government exploded the world’s first three-stage thermonuclear bomb, code-named “Bassoon.”  The Bassoon weighed 5526 kilograms, and measured 1 meter in diameter and 3.5 meters in length.  The Bassoon left a crater on Bikini Atoll 718 meters wide and 117 meters deep.

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1 Response to Today

  1. mini says:

    I wonder if it had a particularly musical three stage explosion…

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