Full-scale thermonuclear test of ultracold liquid deuterium, codenamed MIKE at Enewetak Atoll in the Pacific Proving Ground in the Marshall Islands (sometimes spelled Eniwetok or Eniewetok). (Left to right) Chief engineering and firing commander, Stan Burris -- later the leader of the Strategic Ballistic Missile development, including Polaris and later editions; retired as CEO of Rockwell Aerospace -- military firing and security commander, Colonel Richard Lunger, and ultracold refrigeration engineering commander for thermonuclear liquid fuel state monitoring, Robert Gibney. The intense nuclear radiation ignited the atmosphere around the device, creating a fireball 4.2 miles across. A remote firing control was created, using a televison tower beam signal to safely trigger the detonation from the USS Estes, approximately 35 miles south/southeast of the detonation. White hot device remnant specks are visible throughout the surface of the fireball. Shockwave from explosion is seen spreading across the water, then a white mushroom cloud spreading above. View of crew on ship deck observing blast. Device yield: 10.4 megatons.
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