Witness the breathtaking beauty of a nuclear explosion

These incredible shots were taken in August 1969 by the French army in the Fangataufa atoll. Codenamed Canopus, this thermonuclear test made France the fifth country, after the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and China, to successfully test a nuclear device. Today, there are an estimated 23 000 nuclear warheads worldwide.

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