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In Pictures: Atomic Age

As Earth teetered on the brink of nuclear war, Americans still managed to see the fun side of the A-Bomb

the ATOMIC age

IN CONTEXT

The world’s obsession with atomic energy began with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when the public saw the unprecedented destruction unleashed by a nuclear weapon. The USA found itself in a race with the USSR to build the most devastating bomb to date, and tests were carried out in the Nevada desert. When the results were shown on TV, a mix of paranoia and awe gripped the nation.

VIVA LAS VEGAS

The resort city of Las Vegas was located just 65 miles away from a major testing site, and quickly capitalised on its prime location.

FATAL ATTRACTION

Nuclear tests became something of a tourist attraction, after above-ground testing was introduced in 1951. People drove dangerously close to the nuclear ground zero to watch. The bomb in this image measured a hefty ten kilotons.

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"From raiders to invades: Medievalist Dr Ryan Lavelle tells the story of how the Vikings dropped their hit-and-run tactics and instead banded together to form a Great Heathen Army, eventually conquering a large part of Britain. Also in the issue, find out how a Lancastrian widow came to marry a Yorkist king during the Wars of the Roses, and what happened when a German monk dared to take on the Pope with a 500-anniversary feature on Martin Luther's Reformation. Plus, inside Hitler's last gamble at the Battle of the Bulge, the spy who tried to kill Lenin and the Atomic Age in pictures."