Fwd: Nevada Site Office News Release --- Bacchus Subcritical Experiment
- I thought I was on a list to receive 48 hour notice of subcritical tests, but I just got this post-mortem notice. Not sure what to do about it, but I'll call Darwin Morgan and see what is next. Still don't know how to find out what secret work is going on out there as is commonly suspected.
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Subject: Nevada Site Office News Release --- Bacchus Subcritical Experiment
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 17:53:49 -0700
From: Public Affairs, NNSA <nevada@...>
Nevada Site Office News
News Media Contact: For Immediate Release:
Darwin J. Morgan, 702-295-3521 September 15, 2010
Kelly K. Snyder, 702-295-3521
Bacchus Subcritical Experiment Conducted at Nevada National Security Site
Bacchus, a subcritical experiment, was successfully conducted at 5:35 pm on September 15, 2010, at the Nevada National Security Site. The experiment, conducted by Los Alamos National Laboratory, gathered scientific data that will provide crucial information to maintain the safety and effectiveness of the nation�s nuclear weapons without having to conduct underground nuclear tests.
Bacchus was the 24th subcritical experiment to date. The previous subcritical experiment, Unicorn, was conducted on August 30, 2006.
Subcritical experiments examine the behavior of plutonium as it is strongly shocked by forces produced by chemical high explosives. Subcritical experiments produce essential scientific data and technical information used to help maintain the safety and effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile. The experiments are subcritical; that is, no critical mass is formed and no self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction can occur; thus, there is no nuclear explosion.
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