This publicly-released photo from the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) is one that’s dear to my heart as an “atomic” geophysicist. It shows that, as the released information says, the NNSS is “perfect for training the 20th #CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives) Command soldiers.”
What does that mean? Well, the text explains: “Headquartered in the U.S. Army’s (@usarmy) Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, the 20th CBRNE Command is … a key member of the National Technical #NuclearForensics Ground Collection Task Force (NTNF-GCT),” which has the mission in the event of a #nuclear or #radiological incident to supply qualified soldiers to “identify post-detonation debris in the field, verify activity of the debris, containerize samples for forensic analyses, and verify activity in the sample container.”
“And nowhere is there a more perfect place for providing this hands-on training than the NNSS, which is the site of 100 atmospheric and 828 underground tests conducted in support of national defense and security.”
Specifically, this image depicts the exercise’s finale/final exam: “A night time exercise within the Area 5/R65C Small Boy #fallout plume. The soldiers were tasked with not only identifying fallout/debris in the dark, but at a location where the fallout/debris had been swept away or buried by weather over the years in lakebed silt and clay.” The caption reads, “An added bonus: studying what they collected under a microscope.” ...
And, yes, that’s me on the right, pulling triple duty:
1) Guiding student-soldiers through what they’re seeing in the microscope,
2) Recording team performance and radiological information, and
3) Serving as a human microscope lamp. 😜
Man, I love that #science is one of the few professions that is chronically *under*-amplified by popular culture in terms of excitement and #adventure... including in our schools.
The reality of being a scientist is so much better than advertised. ⚛️🚀
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