5 months ago
Last edited at 8:09PM on 7/6/2013
I don't think so. Fission or fusion (which is carried out in an a-bomb) does not require oxygen... I'm pretty sure they can be detonated in space, for example. The only difference is that you won't hear the explosion in space, since a vacuum can't carry sound waves. Neither would you see the "mushroom" cloud in space.
No. They don't ignite, they more or less just fly apart on a molecular level. But, if you want to see a mushroom cloud, air helps, and gravity is a must. So if you were to see a nuke go off in, say, outer space, it would look nothing like the Hiroshima footage you see on google images.
everything from your car engine to a candle needs air to ignite.... because what does one need to ignite something?... flame and what does a flame need to burn?... oxygen and where is oxygen found.???... in the air i hope this helps
5 months ago
Last edited at 8:13PM on 7/6/2013
No. A nuclear weapon does not require oxygen to ignite however if one were deployed in outer space it would lose much of it's destructive force since it is the pressure created that causes a shockwave of fast moving air. In space it would rely on the heat and radiation emitted for its destructive potential.
Agreed... an nuclear weapon is an atomic reaction, it does not depend on air, or anything else besides the fissionable material of adequate mass coming together fast enough. The energy comes about from the conversion of mass to energy. (E=MC2)