Research into powers of the atom.
Harwell Atomic Energy Research Establishment & Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands.
Pathe News presents pictures from both aspects of nuclear power - from Harwell, atomic research secrets, from Bikini, the explosion of the latest and most deadly hydrogen bomb.
GV. Atomic explosion showing mushroom cloud over Bikini Atoll (titles super over). GV. & NS. The Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell. SV. Interior, two men approaching swing doors. The doors open automatically and the two men walk through the entrance. GV. Interior of the chemistry division, operators putting their hands into glove boxes. Pan to GV of the laboratory showing mass of equipment. Also showing how services are being fed from the roof by cables. LV. & SV. Operators putting their hands into glove boxes. LV. Operator having frogman's suit and helmet. CU. Fitting of helmet. CU. Assistant screwing up fixing to helmet. GV. Operator completely dressed in protective suit showing the air and communications pipe running from the back of the suit. Operator walks over to start operating a lathe. SV. Operator working a lathe, pan down to see air and communications pipe. SV. Operator controlling the frogman over the telephone. CU. Man on telephone. CU. Dials on the breathing apparatus. SV. & SCU. Two operators in suits being filmed from behind a protective window. SV. Pressmen entering the Chemical Engineering division - Reactor Fuel Processing. GV. Top shot, interior of the building, scientists at work on sections of the separation apparatus of Uranium and Plutonium. SV. Showing apparatus. LV. Showing another section of the separation apparatus. SV. Scientists standing alongside two balconies. Much of this apparatus is used to process raw Uranium and Plutonium into suitable fuel for the reactor. SV. & SV. Scientists at work on some complicated apparatus determining the amount of atomic metal in substances. CU. Hand operating glass apparatus with liquid of some sort flowing through it. SV. Scientists at work. CU. Scientist.
CU. Chemical reaction test. GV Mass of equipment. SV. Operator feeding isotopes into the base of the Reactor. SV. Operator in the control room tilt up to see another operator at controls. SV. Man operating floor sweeper checking Radio Active dust on floor CU. Operator. CU. Floor sweeper being pulled across the floor. GV. Girl in foreground and man in background checking Uranium fuel rods. SV & SCU Man checking mass of Uranium fuel rods.
Bikini GV. Bikini Atoll (title super over) Air to Air Reconnaissance aircraft collecting weather data over the Islands. LV. Target area marked on on the ground. LV. From plane of Bikini Atoll. SV. Men setting up sprung loaded boxes containing samples of wood, paper cloth, and tree branches. SCU. Boxes with lids closed than springing open to reveal contents. LV. Man checking radar equipment. LV. United States Navy Carrier "Estes" SV. On board ship as skiffs are dropped at locations to record nuclear fall out. SCU. Men pushing a skiff into the water. SV. Sailor perched precariously on the mast of a floating raft removing a cover from measuring equipment. SV. Crew of the bomber receive their final briefing. CU. Pan crew listening. AS. Slow motion cameras being rigged to record the explosion. (Air to air shot of the B52 Stratofortress, world's biggest and fastest intercontinental bomber on its way with the bomb tucked inside. SV. Interior, pilot at the controls. Air to air of B.52 in flight. GV. Air - showing the target below (over this scene voice must say that the bomb has left the plane). Air to air of the B.52 banking away after dropping the bomb. It will be 15 miles away when the bomb explodes at 10,000 ft. SV. Photographic instruments pointing out of side of plane. CU. Air shot of B.52.