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    Atomic Energy commission scientists created a deliberate accident in order to know exactly what would be the worst that could happen at some future date when nuclear rockets are used to power a flight to the moon.

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    Atomic Energy commission scientists created a deliberate accident in order to know exactly what would be the worst that could happen at some future date when nuclear rockets are used to power a flight to the moon.

    Yesterday's experiment used a Kiwi nuclear engine, a prototype of larger devices still on the drawing boards. The explosion it produced developed the same results that would follow the detonation of about 100 tons of TNT. Nuclear blast normality are measured in the equivalent of thousands of tons of the same explosive.

    Scientists said the test did not violate the nuclear test ban treaty. Here is the explosion seen from cameras a mile and a half away.

    Safety officials said the test actually produced a worse accident than could happen if a nuclear engine fell to the ground during a rocket launching.

    Most of the uranium present was dissipated in the form of heat..not radiation. Radiation monitors indicated human beings would have been completely safe a mile and a half away...that humans would be in greater danger if they were the same distance from a non nuclear e??l of a saturn rocket.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9MAGPJ30M79QLH0BFPKZ518RC
    Media URN:
    VLVA9MAGPJ30M79QLH0BFPKZ518RC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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