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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Stars on National Geographic

by / September 4, 2012


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has a starring role in an upcoming National Geographic documentary about the British passenger ship Lusitania sinking during the early part of World War I. The ship sank in less than 20 minutes and nearly 2,000 people drowned.


To this day, the mystery isn't fully explained, so the the filmmakers took questions about why the ship went under so quickly to a team of experts at LLNL's High Explosives Applications Facility (HEAF), the lab reported.

The two-hour long program aired on the National Geographic channel on Friday, Aug. 31, at 9 p.m. Pacific time. It will be repeated periodically, and a video excerpt is available on the Web.

Shown above is the first day's interview, which was shot inside the LLNL Library in front of an acrylic model of the Lusitania. From left: historian Martin Morgan, ship's owner Gregg Bemis, marine engineer Ken Smith, LLNL's Randy Simpson, Lee Glascoe and Jon Maienschein.

Photo by Bob Hirschfeld/PAO