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Those cool 1930s Art Deco towers.
Time Out Las Vegas to check out the Atomic Testing Museum. We got there at 1 p.m. and left at 5. Need I say more? The day before we'd been to see wild horses in the Spring Mountains, opposite the Nevada Test Site (NTS), so we were familiar with the location. For me, learning about the NTS also oddly connected back with my recent reading of Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge. She had seen one of those blinding light atomic explosions as a child.
This museum walks you through the timeline of the first split of the atom, the Manhattan Project, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the establishment of the NTS during the long Cold War, and the current use of the site for catastrophic first responder training. From one of their movies I understood, finally, how so much energy is generated by splitting an atom. Or how underground testing is actually done. And what is tested.