In fact, this was a test, known as the Priscilla test, that was conducted on what was then called the Nevada Test Site, a highly secure, 1,375-square-mile facility in the desert and mountains north of Las Vegas.
Now called the Nevada National Security Site, it's been years since any nuclear weapons were tested there. But from 1951 to 1992, 1,021 atomic bombs were detonated here, including 828 below ground. And today, the site is part history lesson and part U.S. Department of Energy research center.
As part of Road Trip 2012, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman took a trip out to see the effects of some of those nukes, and left with a newfound appreciation for the most destructive weapons humankind has ever created.
July 7, 2012 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Nevada National Security Site
| Caption by: Daniel Terdiman
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