A Look Back

B&W photo of men walking at Nevada Test Site
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On Sept. 19, 1957, the University of California Radiation Laboratory, Livermore detonated the first contained underground nuclear explosion, “Rainier,” into a long tunnel beneath a high mesa in the northwest corner of the Nevada Test Site.
Two men looking at screens
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In 1981, a select group of U.S. Army officers visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to ​​​​​​​participate in a series of nuclear wargames unlike any conducted.
Livermore physicist Nicholas Christofilos describes Operation Argus.
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In 1958, the United States conducted a set of nuclear tests, codenamed ARGUS, to determine whether they could interfere with communications and weapons performance.
Artist's conception of a nuclear-excavated canal
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“Project Dugout” was intended to explore the use of nuclear explosives for large-scale earth excavation projects, such as the creation of harbors and canals.
Harold Brown (right) and Edward Teller
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Physicist, former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Harold Brown left an indelible mark
Underground cavity formed by nuclear explosion
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The Atomic Energy Commission established the Plowshare Program in June 1957 to explore the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Moving a massive magnet across Laboratory grounds in 1981
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Over a busy weekend in early May 1981, a method used by the ancient Egyptians to build the pyramids was used to move a massive piece of 20th century technology across the Lab grounds.

Photo of Neil Armstrong
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In September 1981, legendary astronaut and first man on the moon Neil Armstrong visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the filming of a TV documentary on the U.S.

Astronauts at the Nevada Test Site
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In February 1965, Apollo astronauts paid a visit to the pockmarked desert of the Nevada Test Site as part of their lunar training.
image of explosion and crater from Sudan event
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On July 6, 1962, the Sedan Event, the largest of the Project Plowshare experiments, was conducted at the Nevada Test Site. This 100-kiloton blast produced a crater approximately 1,200-feet-in-diameter, with a depth of 320 feet ...