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Livermore mechanical technicians pose in front of the gas recirculation plant they built, December 1967​​​​​​.​
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On Dec. 10, 1967, Project Gasbuggy was conducted in a sandstone gas-bearing formation in the San Juan Basin near Farmington, New Mexico.

Teller and Reagan
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In 1967, Ronald Reagan, former movie star and then newly-elected governor of California, visited the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore, California to tour the facility and become more informed about major ongoing projects, including work on national defense.

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.