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Citizen Kurchatov: Stalin's Bombmaker

tells the story of a complex, world-class physicist who became the driving force the Soviet Union's race to develop the atomic and hydrogen bomb. (Oregon Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

On November 1, 1952, the United States detonated the first hydrogen device, code named "Mike," near the island of Elugelab in the Eniwetok Atoll. It yielded 10.4 megatons, over five hundred times more explosive than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The island of Elugelab was completely wiped away, leaving a crater over one mile wide.
Photo of Soviet H-Bomb explosion

Hazards of testing

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