Friday: Inside the NTS
|At the entrance to the NTS.|
|The amazing alpha rope--seemingly ordinary nylon cord keeping the world shielded from alpha particles.|
|Donning the DOE Anti-C suits.|
|Danny Boy, 0.42 kilotons detonated in the dry basalt of Checkerboard Mesa. The burst depth was 34m underground and the resultant crater measures 66m across and 19m deep.|
|Jay shows that the melt glass (black stripe on rock) from the Danny Boy explosion is still incredibly radioactive.|
|Waiting behind the alpha ropes...|
|...to go through the decontamination line.|
|Jen jumps the alpha cord and has to be extra-decontaminated.|
"Lord A'mighty, looks like we got ourselves a convoy!"
This was as close as we got to Schooner, 35 kilotons detonated 108m underground. The crater is 260m across and 63m deep, approximately 1/4 the size of Meteor Crater and similar in morphology. Below is the glossy 8x10 of Schooner provided by the NTS PR office.
Created by Barbara A. Cohen