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Atomic Bomb Mushroom Cloud

The maximum height of the cloud of the first atomic bomb test at Bikini Island
Description: Painting, Oil on Canvas Board; by Charles Bittinger; 1946; Unframed Dimensions 15H X 11W
Accession #: 95-129-S
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The cloud reaches its maximum height of 40,000 ft in under one minute. As the heat and energy that drove the cloud up dissipated, the cap spread out and reached 2 miles across. Although not visible at the bottom, the ships and islands of the atoll are all covered by the ABLE cloud hovering overhead.

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