This Was Humanity's Most Powerful Bomb Ever Detonated

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Nicknamed "Big Ivan," the Tsar Bomba was the most powerful man-made explosive device in human history. Why was it made? Basically, just for the Soviet Union to showcase their military strength. In fact, the sheer size of the bomb made it nearly impossible to put to use in real warfare. The bomb was so powerful, that the survival rate of the pilot and crew of the plane that dropped the bomb was estimated at 50%-and this was after they decreased the strength of the bomb by half. The bomb was dropped as a test on October 30, 1961.

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  1. The Tsar Bomba was the single most powerful man-made explosive device in human history. 00:01

  2. The strength of the Tsar Bomba had to decreased by half in order to give the pilot and crew dropping the bomb at least a 50% chance at survival. 02:41

Written by Curiosity Staff March 1, 2016