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Now Showing In Moscow: A Thermonuclear Masterpiece

Kuzka's mother detonation
The Kuzka's mother detonation in 1961 (CC)

Starting today at the Manege Exhibition Hall in Moscow, and running through Septermber 29th, the exhibition entitled "70 years of the nuclear industry – a chain reaction of success” is open to the public. Organized by the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, this unique exhibition presents visitors with a stunning history of the development of the nuclear industry in the USSR, and in Russia today. The star of the show is an atomic weapon known affectionately as "Kuzma’s Mother", or the “Tsar Bomba.” 

Tsar Bomba
The Tsar Bomba, the most powerful weapon ever detonated (Creative Commons)

According to the museum, the exhibition space has been divided up into exposition zones comprising a complex of spatial architectural installations dedicated to major milestones of the nuclear industry's developmental stages. Visitors will be taken through the timeline of Soviet “nuclear projects,” and given the opportunity to learn about past and current developments. 

Of course the exhibition's star will take the center stage. The legendary AN-302 hydrogen bomb (video above), the most powerful weapon ever devised by human kind, was the main deterrent of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Now for the first time ever, this awesome instrument of power and destructive force will be exhibited right next to the walls of the Kremlin. It is a testament to the ingenuity of humanity, as well as the folly of flawed international relations. The bomb, variants of which were tested in the early 60s, was a 58 megaton device, the equivalent of 3,000 Hiroshima bombs. It is said the bomb tests were so stunning and horrifying, that the course of nuclear parity in between nations was set by them. The detonation of the device almost enveloped the bomber from which it was dropped in its fireball, it was so immensely powerful. 

Tsar Bomba fireball
The Tsar Bomba fireball was nearly 4 miles in diameter, and almost consumed the aircraft from which the 58 megaton device was dropped

This exhibition will also deliver many rare exhibits and documents from museums and archives across Russia, some of which have never been on display in Moscow. There are the personal effects of the founding fathers of the industry, including Igor Kurchatov, Yulii Khariton, Anatoly Alexandrov and others. There are also many declassified documents and items, video footage, and models of various nuclear devices to study.  

Participating in the exhibition are entities of the nuclear industry, as well as the the Polytechnic museum, the Central Armed Forces Museum, the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, the State Archive of the Russian Federation, the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History, the Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute”, and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, to name a few. Cost of admittance is 250 rubles, with a special rate of 50 rubles.