OPERATION SANDSTONE. Nuclear Explosions. 1948. Scientific Director's Report of Atomic Weapon Tests. Annex 13, Parts 1, 2, and 3. Studies of Miscellaneous Phenomena.
Sandstone rept. no. 34.
JOINT TASK FORCE SEVEN WASHINGTON DC
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The service test for the Signal Corps consisted in photographic and photoelectric measurements made in an attempt to detect an increase in the illumination of the moon due to an atomic bomb explosion on the surface of the earth. No increase in illumination was observed at either station by photographic equipment, photoelectric means, or by visual observations. It is concluded that surveillance of atomic bombs based on this method is not feasible. However, if future atomic bomb explosions are contemplated, it is recommended that consideration be given to the employment of astronomical telescopes of large size for further investigation of this method of surveillance.