National Geographic : 2002 Nov
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION Nuclear Dawn The glow of an atomic bomb test at Yucca Flat, Nevada, 65 miles away, draws Las Vegas casino workers on March 17, 1953. The GEOGRAPHIC'S Sam Matthews watched from a tarpaper-lined trench just two miles from the explosion. "The atomic fire ball rose in the sky, a giant sphere of orange and black, tongues of fire amid billowing soot" he wrote. Though this photo was probably shot for his June 1953 article "Nevada Learns to Live With the Atom," it has never before been published in the magazine. You can send this month's Flashback as an electronic greeting card and access the Flashback photo archives at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/flashback/0211. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358)IS PUBUSHED MONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, 114517THSTNW,WASHINGTON, DC20036-4688.$34.00AYEARFORU.S.DELIVERY, $6.00PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDES POSTAGE ANDHANDLING). PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON, DC,ANDATADDITIONAL MAILINGOFFICES. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, POBOX63002,TAMPA,FL336633002.