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First Soviet atomic blast (1949)

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Published on Nov 8, 2015

Rare original footages from film "Experience on test-ground №2"

Test: First Lightning
Time: 07:00, 29 August 1949 (local)
Location: Semipalatinsk Test Site, Kazakhstan
Test Height and Type: Tower
Yield: 22 Kt

The first Soviet nuclear test, code named "First Lightning", detonated a plutonium bomb, the RDS-1. The code designation RDS was actually arbitrary and meaningless, but various people on the project gave it a variety of interpretations, one popular one was "Reaktivnyi Dvigatel Stalina" (Stalin's Rocket Engine), another was "Russia Does It Alone". The whole focus of the Soviet program at this point was to set off a Soviet atomic blast at the earliest possible time whatever the cost. At Beria's insistence, this device was an exact copy of the U.S. Gadget/Fat Man design.

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