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Robert Del Tredici - At Work in the Fields of the Bomb

34. Minor Scale: Unofficial Portrait

This photograph of the Minor Scale explosion was taken form inside the press bus 4 minutes after the blast. The Defense Nuclear Agency spent $1 million to set up the test and $37 million to recover data from it. The Minor Scale detonation simulated blast and heat effects of a battlefield nuclear weapon chiefly to test Hardened Mobile Launchers for the new intercontinental Midgetman missile. White ' Sands Missile Range, Jornada del Muerto, Alamogrodo Desert, New Mexico, June 27, 1985.

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