SECRETS OF THE DEAD: The World's Biggest Bomb on WXXI-TV

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: The World's Biggest Bomb on WXXI-TV

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 8:00pm

Dr. Harold Agnew in 1945. He is holding the core component of the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. This small box killed upwards of 70,000 people.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dr Harold Agnew

Beginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists engaged in a dangerous race to see who could build and detonate the world’s largest bomb.

The results exceeded all expectations about how big a bomb could be built. This is an epic story where the United States led the way, but then left the field clear for the Soviet Union to break all records. Terrifyingly, the bomb-makers on both sides were flying blind as they pushed the technology far into unknown territory. The story of the race to build the world’s biggest bomb has never been fully told. But the 50-year anniversary in 2011 provides the perfect opportunity to share this chilling story with the world.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: The World's Biggest Bomb airs Tuesday, November 1 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

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