Sunday, July 24, 2016

extra credit event

July 2016

My visit to the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada fit in great with this week’s lecture on space exploration. Professor Vesna summarizes how the science and technology we have learned about thus far, has been integrated into   the exploration of space. It has played a big role on the advancement of technology and of broadening the artistic scope.  She also discussed the Space Race and the atomic bomb. Coincidentally, this museum has everything you would ever want to know about atomic energy and the U.S. nuclear bomb. The whole museum is dedicated to sharing cold war history between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. The competition between the United States and the Soviet Union was an event that impacted the entire world and the Atomic bombs that had been developed caused threats between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.

This museum is associated with the Smithsonian so everything is done well. There are various exhibits showing the science and technology used in developing atomic bombs as well as the history of testing bombs in the desert near Las Vegas. You will also find information on area 51. Area 51 is about 83 miles from Las Vegas. It is the most famous secret military base in the country with a lot of rumors that circled around it. Although it has never been declared an official “secret military base”, all research and activities conducted there are top secret. There is a limited time “Area 51 Exhibit” going on right now which I found it to be very interesting. As you enter the dark Area 51 room with glow in the dark writing all over the walls, you are greeted by a deep voice who welcomes you but makes you feel as if you are being recruited I read a lot of interesting news articles about UFO’s from the people who first witnessed them. There were a lot of other extraterrestrial related objects such as aliens and other artifacts.  Afterwards you are left asking yourself is there really life on another planet with extraterrestrial objects and beings?


The tours are self guided and you can take as many photos as you’d like, however there are no photographs allowed in the Area 51 exhibit. I would recommend this museum to anyone interested in cold war history and the atomic bomb.


"Atomic Bomb." HISTORY. N.p., 2014. Web. 23 July 2016.

"DarkGovernment." DarkGovernment. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 July 2016.

Vesna , Victoria, dir. Space Part 2. 2015. Film. 22 July 2016

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