Jan 24 Jan 24 EP01: The View from Ground Zero DJ Kinney Stories from ground zero, close calls, near misses, and the long quiet wait before the bomb. Standing at ground zero can be a very lonely place, indeed. Five Air Force officers and one cameraman stand at ground zero, under an exploding nuclear weapon. A simple depiction of the first nuclear reactor and the “axe man” at the top. Marines march toward ground zero during a “Desert Rock” exercise. Operation Crossroads target fleet after the first detonation. The men left behind would have been toast. Mark 39 thermonuclear weapon hanging from a tree in a field in Goldsboro, North Carolina.