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Sun lotion against the atomic bomb

“I wouldn’t turn away… but having made all those calculations, I thought the blast might be rather bigger than expected. So I put on some suntan lotion. “Edward Teller, Hungarian-born theoretical physicist, also known as the father of the Hydrogen bomb, recalled the moment shortly before the world’s first nuclear weapon was detonated.

The nuke, called Gadget, exploded in the Jornada del Muerto Desert of New Mexico at 5:29 a.m. on July 16, 1945. The tested bomb released the power of nearly 20 kilotons of TNT and the hellish blast spewed a giant mushroom cloud up to 39 thousand feet (12 km) high into the sky. The 150-foot (46 m) steel tower the bomb was placed on simply dissolved into thin air.

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