[ RadSafe ] NTS, Trinity etc.

Geo>K0FF GEOelectronics at netscape.com
Mon Jun 30 19:48:01 CDT 2008

On that same route, visit the automatic off-site radiation monitoring 
station (CEMP), part of a network. The one across
from Creech Air Force Base is located in the small town of Indian Springs, 
next to the school. It is based
upon a Reuter Stokes high pressure gamma ion chamber. The readout screen is 
visible though a window. On a good
day the Thunderbirds are practicing overhead and occasionally a Predator 
will take off or land, maybe oven a Global Star.
Another rad monitor setup is located at the Atomic Testing Museum, in the 
Frank H Rogers Science and Technology Building. Either
site is a good place to check the background calibration on a micro-R meter.

In the same building as the museum is the Reading Room, a portal into the 
archives of the NTS. Nearly free copies can be made on
 CD of any unclassified material that is available there. You select what 
you want on computer, then it is copied for you.

On the subject of Trinity, has anyone see RED TRINITITE? Any ideas as to why 
it is red not green like the rest?

George Dowell

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jeff Terry" <terryj at iit.edu>
To: "radsafe Radsafe" <radsafe at radlab.nl>
Cc: "Hansen, Richard" <HansenRG at nv.doe.gov>
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2008 6:48 PM
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Re: Testing bombs

> To add to Richard's comments, in many years with good planning, it is 
> possible
> to hit both the Nevada Test Site and the Trinity Site within about 10 
> days and often
> as little as 5 days as the NTS typically has tours on a Wed and the 
> Trinity Site a Saturday.
> It is a short drive between Albuquerque and Vegas with stops possible at
> Meteor Crater, Painted Desert, and Petrified Forest National Parks.
> For those with interest in Atomic Testing, this is an interesting  trip. I 
> have
> taken groups on this trip in the past and everyone found it enjoyable.
> One doing this trip should go to the National Atomic Museum in 
> Albuquerque as well.
> I recommend there tours of the Trinity Site as they make a stop at the 
> Energetic Materials
> Research and Testing Center at New Mexico Tech for a demonstration of 
> explosives after
> touring the Trinity Site.
> Jeff
> Jeff Terry
> Illinois Institute of Technology
> 3101 S. Dearborn St.
> Chicago IL 60616
> On Jun 30, 2008, at 4:05 PM, Hansen, Richard wrote:
>> radsafe Digest readers and anyone interesting in the history or  testing
>> of nuclear weapons should consider visiting the Atomic Testing Museum
>> (open daily) in Las Vegas and the Nevada Test Site tour (approximately
>> once a month).
>> The Atomic Testing Museum
>> The Atomic Testing Museum, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian  Institution,
>> portrays world history through varied representations of the story of
>> the Nevada Test Site and its programs. The museum features many not  seen
>> before, first-person narratives, large iconic artifacts, environmental
>> re-creations, theatrical devices, and interactive elements for  personal
>> exploration. It also presents multiple viewpoints expressed in
>> multimedia presentations and stunning graphics. The Atomic Testing
>> Museum is located only minutes from the Las Vegas strip.
>> http://www.atomictestingmuseum.org/
>> The U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security  Administration
>> Nevada Site Office provides free general interest tours of the Nevada
>> Test Site on a monthly basis. Most tours depart from the Atomic  Testing
>> Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reservations required. Because the Nevada
>> Test Site is a restricted access government reservation, visitors must
>> apply well in advance for tours tailored to their individual interests
>> and needs. See the Nevada Test Site website for more information:
>> http://www.nv.doe.gov/nts/tours.htm
>> Some of the points of interest on the tour include:
>> Sedan Crater:
>> Sedan was a cratering experiment as part of the Plowshare program -  the
>> peaceful uses of nuclear explosives. The 104-kiloton nuclear device
>> explosion displaced about 12 million tons of earth, creating a crater
>> 1,280 feet in diameter and 320 feet deep. This underground test was
>> conducted on July 6, 1962. A platform on the edge of the crater allows
>> visitors to experience the impact of the crater's size.
>> http://www.nv.doe.gov/library/factsheets/DOENV_712.pdf
>> Frenchman Flat, where on January 27, 1951, the first atmospheric  nuclear
>> test on the Nevada Test Site, ABLE, took place. Thirteen subsequent
>> atmospheric nuclear tests were conducted at the site between 1951 and
>> 1962.
>> Civil Effects Tests
>> http://www.nv.doe.gov/library/factsheets/DOENV_714_Rev1.pdf
>> Current WMD Training and Exercise Sites
>> Today, one of the areas used for the Civil Effects Tests has been
>> rebuilt as an exercise site for training first responders. Training is
>> provided at no cots to the attendees and prepares the responders to  take
>> immediate, decisive action to prevent or mitigate terrorist use of
>> radiological or nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMD), such as
>> Improvised Nuclear Devices (INDs) and Radiological Dispersal Devices
>> (RDDs or "dirty bombs").The Radiological/Nuclear WMD Incident Exercise
>> Site at the Nevada Test Site was constructed after 9/11/2001 at the  T-1
>> Site, located at the ground zero of four nuclear detonations conducted
>> between 1952 and1957. The radioactive material remaining in the ground
>> from the nuclear detonations produces safe radiation levels throughout
>> the ten-acre exercise area, with higher than normal background  radiation
>> levels. Attendees train in an area with simulated widespread
>> radiological contamination from an RDD or IND, without the risks of
>> contaminating themselves.
>> T-1 Exercise Site
>> http://www.nv.doe.gov/library/factsheets/DOENV_1232.pdf
>> Counter Terrorism Operations Support (CTOS) Overview
>> http://www.nv.doe.gov/library/factsheets/DOENV_1252.pdf
>> Rick Hansen
>> Senior Scientist
>> Counter Terrorism Operations Support Program
>> National Security Technologies, LLC, for the U.S. Dept of Energy
>> hansenrg at nv.doe.gov
>> www.nv.doe.gov/nationalsecurity/homelandsecurity/responder.htm
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