A Very Scary Light Show: Exploding H-Bombs In Space

Since we're coming up on the Fourth of July, and towns everywhere are preparing their better-than-ever fireworks spectaculars, we would like to offer this humbling bit of history. Back in the summer of 1962, the U.S. blew up a hydrogen bomb in outer space, some 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean. It was a weapons test, but one that created a man-made light show that has never been equaled — and hopefully never will. Here it is: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128170775   - Robert Krulwich, 7.01.2010

America the Beautiful

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