One of the first pictures Nadav Kander ever made was of a bluebottle fly, dead on a newspaper. Nadav Kander – Priozersk X (house of culture), Kazakhstan, 2011, Nadav Kander – Priozersk XIII (house of culture) Kazakhstan, 2011, Your email address will not be published. “It’s very flat – the only thing that reminds you of what this place is, in the beauty of the quietness, is this ticking of the Geiger counter on your belt, a memory of what went on there. While it is true that pictures move us when they have a story to tell, it is equally true that the weight, feeling, and composition of a setup can stir up certain emotions. Igor would visit every facility in the complex to check on the progress, interact with colleagues, lift their spirit, and communicate a task. Apart from the Test Site, the main highlight of the town is the Museum of the Semipalatinsk Test Site, which documents nuclear testing. They are in a way a mirror that reflects death upon life and imperfection upon beauty. In the silent landscape, a low crackle accompanied the shutter clicks of Nadav Kander’s camera. He was born in Israel, grew up in Johannesburg and moved to London in 1982 to begin his career in earnest. Projects in 102 countries. But today, you will find settlements around this city, particularly in the southern parts. For his efforts, Igor was rewarded with the USSR State Prize in physics in 1954. eval(ez_write_tag([[970,250],'publicdelivery_org-banner-1','ezslot_9',120,'0','0'])); Nadav Kander – The Polygon Nuclear Test Site XII (dust to dust), Kazakhstan, 2011, Nadav Kander – Kurchatov VIII (unknown structure), Kazakhstan, 2011. Another significant contribution of the Kurchatov Institute is the introduction of the internet in the Soviet Union and later, Russia. Until 2006, it was off the map. Kurchatov has plenty of abandoned buildings, most of which are half-collapsed. One of the notable buildings is the Palace of Culture, located along Tauelsizdik Street. The nuclear operations and facilities are run by the Kazakhstan Institute of Atomic Energy, a branch of the National Nuclear Center. In modern times, the institution is categorized into different research centers dealing with a plethora of scientific questions. After that, his health deteriorated quickly, suffering a stroke in 1954 and later died of a cardiac embolism in Moscow. While researching large cities in Russia with a view to starting a photographic project, I came across two smaller towns that had been kept secret: Kurchatov and Priozersk (formerly known as Moscow 10). The exhibition Quietude brings together work by the London-based, award-winning artist Nadav Kander, taken internationally over the last twenty years. It is hard to appreciate that in the midst of all that are secrets as deep as the mystery of death. Travelling to the border of Russia and Kazakhstan, photographer Nadav Kander shot haunting images that reveal a dark chapter of Soviet history. Photograph: Nadav Kander/courtesy Flowers Gallery London and New York Facebook Twitter Pinterest Priozersk XIV (I Was Told She Once Held An Oar), Kazakhstan 2011. In all documents where the laboratory was mentioned, it was only referred to as “an assembly workshop”. ... Nadav Kander, London, 2012. “The Cold War and the relentless quest for nuclear armaments created many of the ruins that we see here,” he writes in the [exhibition monograph](http://www.flowersgallery.com/shop/kander-dust/). Diorama of The Polygon Test Site (before the event), Kurchatov, Kazakhstan, 2011. Nadav Kander discusses his new body of work 'Dust' ahead of his solo exhibition at Flowers Gallery. View Nadav Kander’s 104 artworks on artnet. “I made one of what I thought would be four or five trips there,” says Kander. In addition, every engineer who worked in the project went through a series of elaborate security check systems. These restricted military sites, unrecognized on the map until long after the Cold War ended, were reserved purely for the pursuits of science and war. Though the town has been trying to relieve its former glory, it remains a ghost town. This clandestine project took nine years and also involved infiltrating the Western Allied Manhattan Project. I’m not pointing my finger at anybody and saying this has happened to only these people.”, The heart of the project, for Kander, is “about vulnerability and shadow.” In a video interview recorded for the [Flowers Gallery](http://www.flowersgallery.com/exhibitions/flowers/2014/nadav-kander/works#13877), he describes the moment he first saw the statue overlooking the lake in this photograph. Though it is crumbling, this former imposing building still features its original details and decorations, including Soviet stars on its interior columns and exterior façade. It was while there that he realized that besides the totality of destruction, there lie elements of darkness in the human soul. Some of the old buildings have also been renovated, such as local Akimat or municipal administration building. Beni Bischof’s cars – A vision for driving in the future? Nadav Kander – Priozersk IX (missile on display beside the military house of culture), Kazakhstan, 2011, Nadav Kander – Priozersk XIV (I Was Told She Once Held An Oar), Kazakhstan 2011. They wilt and wither and this is the same thing we expect of these pictures 1,000 years from now; Dust! Your email address will not be published. Speaking during its 75th anniversary in 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin said this about the institute’s importance to his county’s history: The nuclear reactors designed within the walls of the institute and used in our industry, shipbuilding, medicine, space, and defense sectors, have become the symbols of our state’s power. “You shouldn’t be there when it’s windy because you can ingest the dust: the half-life of radiation is at least 10,000 years,” says Kander. For his latest project Dust, now on display at the [Flowers Gallery](http://www.flowersgallery.com/exhibitions/flowers/2014/nadav-kander/) in London, the photographer travelled to an area on the border between Russia and Kazakhstan. It is these cities, shrouded in secrecy and not shown on maps until Google Earth unveiled them, that drew photographer Nadav Kander to document the scarred landscapes of Kazakhstan… Nadav Kander – Near Baikonur Cosmodrome (rocket pylons), Kazakhstan, 2011, Nadav Kander – Graveyard near Kurchatov, Kazakhstan, 2011. Nadav Kander – Diorama of The Polygon Test Site (before the event), Kurchatov, Kazakhstan, 2011. Several hundred bombs blowing up, and now all you can hear is the wind and the grass and the clicking.”, Kander’s images reveal the fall-out of the Soviet tests – on the people and the landscape – in quiet ways. “Priozersk is still a closed town. Nevertheless, the city is still inhabitable, especially its southern parts. “You can look at these things intellectually and think about ‘the ruin’, how throughout art history the ruin has been painted to be a window to the past – but when you sink down and think more how these things in front of you feel – they echo vulnerability, loneliness and melancholy,” says Kander. All images by Nadav Kander unless otherwise noted. This graveyard on the outskirts of Kurchatov was used before the nuclear tests, and continued to be used throughout. Nadav Kander – Kurchatov IV (telephone exchange), Kazakhstan, 2011, Nadav Kander – Kurchatov V (heating plant), Kazakhstan, 2011. Igor passed away on February 7, 1960, aged 57, after complications from the 1949 catastrophic accident at Chelyabinsk-40, which is believed to have had even more casualties than Chernobyl. At the Semipalatinsk Test Site, or the Polygon, hundreds of atomic bombs were detonated in secret until the programme ended in 1989. There is never beauty without imperfection.” Yet he refuses to romanticise the crumbling buildings. The areas around Polygon still have radiation levels that are above safety. But alongside this public-facing oeuvre, he has spent decades pursuing personal work … Nadav Kander – The Polygon Nuclear Test Site I (after the event), Kazakhstan, 2011. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'publicdelivery_org-box-3','ezslot_2',115,'0','0']));If it were possible to take a picture of the entire earth’s surface, the mosaic of human co-existence would be a sight to behold. “These are broken structures sitting there all alone: they don’t get heated, they’re out in the elements without a roof.”, Nadav Kander: Radioactive ruins of secret Soviet towns. Nadav Kander: Radioactive ruins of … “I wore white overalls so that no dust from the earth touched my skin.” There are few marks on the landscape to reveal what happened there. Evoking his sense of awe and fear as he responded to these places and to the weight of their history, Kander’s photographs portray stark fact and bleak setting with a characteristic poeticism. Situated somewhere on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia, sit the radioactive ruins and secret cities leftover from the Cold War. ‘A palpable sense of stillness and silence’: The Aral Sea I (Officers Housing), Kazakhstan, 2011 by Nadav Kander. Still, through various studies and research currently being undertaken at the center, it plans to return more than 80 percent of the land for commercial activities. A few meters away, red flags tape off the danger zones. There are many secrets from the long lasting Cold War that only officials know about - and that includes the recently not-so … In 1960, the institute was renamed after Igor Kurchatov, who served with distinction as its first head. This major new exhibition offers an in-depth look at the very best visual storytelling and imagery from 2018 by artists from across the … “I am only interested in landscapes that show For Dust he photographed the desolated landscapes of the Aral Sea and captured fascinating images of the restricted military zones … The town was once booming, but following the termination of nuclear testing, which ultimately led to the STS’s decommissioning, its population has starkly reduced. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'publicdelivery_org-leader-1','ezslot_13',121,'0','0'])); Igor was instrumental in the institution achieving its objectives. Visitors can explore every inch of the building but must be cautious of unstable parts that may carve in, especially the upper levels. Normally when Nadav Kander turns up to shoot a portrait, the only thing he’s thought through beforehand is the lighting. His workmates believed that there was probably no one else who would have achieved as much as he did with the institute. What happens to a secret with time? Aleix Plademunt visits Dubailand, the world’s most expensive theme park, Shirin Neshat & her iconic Speechless photo, Steve McCurry’s magic India moments – Glamorous & worrying, Creating the first-ever Soviet nuclear bomb in 1949, Building the first cyclotron in Russia in 1944, the first-ever nuclear reactor in the whole of Europe in 1946, The first-ever thermonuclear bomb in the world in 1953, The first industrial nuclear power plant in the world in 1954, The first-ever Soviet nuclear reactor for submarines in 1958. He played a prominent role as the director of the secret nuclear program during the Second World War. It gives added resonance to the project title, which was inspired by the line from TS Eliot’s The Waste Land: “I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”, Dust includes images of Priozersk, where long-distance missiles were tested in secrecy: it is now leased by Kazakhstan to the Russian military and used as a base for the development of anti-ballistic missile systems. 11:13 Nadav Kander & Chris Littlewood, Director of Photography Flowers Gallery In his interview for Flowers, he says: “I think if one was fitting my work into a genre it would be the man-altered landscape; the portrait of man, and the palm print of man. Located in the northeastern parts of Kazakhstan, Kurchatov played an essential role in the Soviet Union’s hope of becoming a nuclear weapon superpower. As the squad leader, Igor entered into the damaged reactor hall full of radioactive gasses to salvage the uranium load and prevent losses in the production process of plutonium. The ruins are but a tool to illustrate the secrets of humanity that leave so many questions unanswered. The Kurchatov Institute then interlinked computers in different scientific institutions in major Soviet cities, including Kyiv, Moscow, Novosibirsk, and Leningrad. Available for sale from Flowers, Nadav Kander, The Polygon Nuclear Test Site VII, Kazakhstan (2011), Chromogenic Print, 123 × 149 cm "Beauty on its own is boring," he says. Available for sale from Flowers, Nadav Kander, Kurchatov IV (Telephone Exchange), Kazakhstan, (2011), Chromogenic Print, 123 × 149 cm There are parts of ourselves that we don’t like. A ward-winning photographer Nadav Kander is not interested in producing simply beautiful photographs. Established in 2011 in Seoul, South Korea. Kurchatov is still home to the National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which oversees the former test site. We would love to keep the conversation going. According to those he worked or interacted with, he was purposive and strong-willed and rubbed it off on his colleagues. The NNC will also arrange for your accommodation, which is on a full board basis. It is that yin and yang that points to truth. Among the thousands of people that dealt with a nuclear problem at that time, there was no one more popular and more respected than this giant with a slow club-foot gait, ever-radiant eyes and warm short name ‘Beard’, wrote Anatoly Alexandrov, a second director of the Kurchatov Institute and a physicist. Conversation quickly turned to his recent much debated image of Donald Trump. Today, the lab activities are centered on the safe development of nuclear energy, plasm processes, low and medium energy nuclear physics, meson chemistry, and solid-state physics and superconductivity. The site for the institute was identified in 1947 by the Soviet atomic bomb projects’ political leader, Lavrentiy Beria, who incorrectly claimed that the area was deserted. Nadav Kander’s work will be shown at Somerset House, London as part of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. Photographer Nadav Kander was researching a project on Russian cities when Google Earth alerted him to the existence of two "closed" sites on the border of Kazakhstan and Russia. Even the materials used were codenamed. Once closed off to the public, the city can now be visited after a special arrangement.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'publicdelivery_org-medrectangle-4','ezslot_1',117,'0','0'])); Through his photos, Kander does not mean to find words to tell the story of what the picture captures, neither does he desire to create a documentary of how the ruins came to be; he opens up the human soul for all to see. Voir plus d'idées sur le thème Photographie, Paysage, Zone militaire. “We suddenly saw this statue, fully bathed in light, and by the time I’d set up the light was diminishing and travelling up her body. In late 1990, the first-ever computer communication session took place within the Soviet Union. In 1949, the USSR tested its first nuclear bomb 60km away. NADAV KANDER (b 1961) Nadav Kander is a London-based photographer, artist and director renowned for his portraiture and large-format landscape photographs. For instance, uranium went by the name “silicon”. During the height of the world war, inconspicuous titles like that were common due to the prevalence of spies from both Western Allied Forces and the Soviet Union. “You can catch a train for 10 hours in that area and nothing changes,” he says. Available for sale from Flowers, Nadav Kander, The Aral Sea I (Officer's Housing), Kazakhstan (2011), Chromogenic Print, 123 × 149 cm Nadav Kander began a three year survey of secret Soviet scientific cities and missile test sites when he learned of the existence of two "closed" cities on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia that tickled his curiosity for secrecy and his interest in the aesthetics of destruction. “They had been closed for many years.” (All pictures: Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery London and New York). How I found access I’m not even sure myself – it was a person we found on the Internet who met us and took us in.” He was not interested in the restricted parts of the town, however. Nadav Kander began a three year survey of secret Soviet scientific cities and missile test sites when he learned of the existence of two “closed” cities on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia that tickled his curiosity for secrecy and his interest in the aesthetics of destruction.This fascination then took him from East Kazakhstan to the desolated landscapes of the Aral Sea. The town, named after Igor Kurchatov – a Soviet nuclear physicist, is known for being a former base for the neighboring Semipalatinsk Test Site (STS). Nadav Kander. eval(ez_write_tag([[970,90],'publicdelivery_org-mobile-leaderboard-2','ezslot_17',188,'0','0'])); Nadav Kander – Kurchatov I (scientific research facility), Kazakhstan, 2011, Nadav Kander – Kurchatov VII (ashes to ashes), Kazakhstan, 2011. Find an in-depth biography, exhibitions, original artworks for sale, the latest news, and sold auction prices. Because of the continuous research on nuclear energy in the Kurchatov Institute, there are still some restrictions and secrets, and you need to make a special arrangement for you to visit the town. Nadav Kander – Priozersk II (tulip in bloom), Kazakhstan, 2011. The building used to be a hotel in the 1950s. British Journal of Photography caught up with Nadav Kander ahead of his appearance at The Photography Show 2017 in Birmingham. Eight years after Igor’s passing, the institute achieved another milestone on plasma internment using tokamak, an invention used worldwide for controlled thermonuclear fusion.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'publicdelivery_org-narrow-sky-2','ezslot_19',189,'0','0']));eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'publicdelivery_org-narrow-sky-2','ezslot_20',189,'0','1'])); In the years that followed, Kurchatov Institute developed arrays of microelectronic technologies such as thin films, lithography, plasma chemistry, and ion implantation, all of which became pillars for developing nanotechnology and the creation of supercomputers and hybrid systems. 69 View in Monographs eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'publicdelivery_org-box-4','ezslot_5',118,'0','0'])); Nadav Kander – The Polygon Nuclear Test Site IV, Kazakhstan, 2011. Published: July 26, 2017 - Last Updated on September 29, 2020. The institute played an essential role in developing the first computer network of the Union scale Relcom in 1990. Some areas are military grounds, mining cities or tourist destinations while others are education hubs just to mention a few. Nadav Kander, an award-winning photographer, travelled to the steppes of Kazakhstan to document the desolate, lonely ruins. Weapon testing and undercover scientific studies took place here as the Russians vied to compete … Nadav Kander – The Aral Sea III (Fishing Trawler), Kazakhstan, 2011, Nadav Kander – Priozersk XVI (reeds), Kazakhstan, 2011. Required fields are marked *. In front of the municipal administration is the red marble sculpture of Igor Kurchatov. It was under the leadership of Igor that the institute reached the following milestones: The institute also successfully created the biggest facility for performing controlled thermonuclear reactions. Dust When Nadav Kander learned of the existence of two “closed” cities on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia, he knew that he would have to visit them. Nadav Kander - Priozersk XIV (I was told she once held an oar), Kazakhstan 2011. Crows are drawn to death, to decay, to remains. He was so jovial and energetic that his colleagues always looked forward to meeting and talking with him. “Google Earth discovered these secret cities that the maps had never shown,” says Kander. 2 so that to keep its operations secret. When he learned of the existence of two "closed" cities on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia, he knew that he would have to visit them. Nadav Kander’s recent series Dust explores the vestiges of the Cold War through the radioactive ruins of secret cities on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia. In the Dust series, as created by Nadav Kander’s, images of crows illuminated against the light of the moon in the darkness symbolizes how difficult it is to hide the truth. Rooted in an interest in the 'aesthetics of destruction,' Nadav Kander's most recent project Dust explores the vestiges of the Cold War through the radioactive ruins of secret cities on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia. Nadav Kander is a contemporary British-Israeli photographer known for his images of cities and landscapes, as in his photobooks Yangtze—The Long River (2010) and Dust (2012). The other side of the city is up-to-date, with modern buildings and architecture, especially the Park of Nuclear Technologies (PNT) building. Nadav Kander is a sought-after and immensely productive portrait-maker, shooting covers of some of the world’s most important individuals (Obama, Blair, Kissinger) for some of the most respected publications. 18 nov. 2014 - Découvrez le tableau "Nadav Kander" de Arthur Gauthier sur Pinterest. It was an urgent sound, one he couldn’t ignore: it signalled the ghostly presence of radiation. Mark Ruwedel in Ouarzazate - An artistic capture of ruins, Photographer Eiji Ohashi & the beauty of vending machines in Japan, Lewis Baltz's Park City - Criticism of 1970s real estate growth, Michael Najjar & Outer Space - Shooting for the stars, The beginning of the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy, The institute under Kurchatov’s leadership, Introduction of the internet & other innovations. The Polygon Nuclear Test Site I (after the event), Kazakhstan, 2011. From Phillips, Nadav Kander, Diver, Salt Lake City, Utah (1997), Chromogenic print, flush-mounted, 76.2 × 96.7 cm The Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy was the birthplace of numerous Russian innovations, including its internet and the Soviet’s first nuclear bomb. Kurchatov I, Kazakhstan 2011. Many people might not be aware of the existence of secret Soviet towns, once used to test nuclear missiles. "You might as … Kurchatov is such a city that, although closed up until recently, has never appeared on any official maps; until Google Earth jumped into action. The building is now an Orthodox church. Nadav Kander – The Polygon Nuclear Test Site X, (Atomic Lake), Kazakhstan 2011. “By being shot in a beautiful light, the pictures are showing a fundamental truth that there’s no one without the other; you can’t have life without death, health without disease, beauty without imperfection,” he says. “We have savagery, we have envy – we have shadow. The testing was successful and the weapon was aliased First Lightning. The artist is particular that his pictures bear subjects that cause people to think about the tensions of everyday life. Unlike other artworks that speak in form of words, Kander’s photographs depict nothing intellectualizing. Nadav Kander – Kurchatov III (technical area), Kazakhstan, 2011, Nadav Kander – The Aral Sea Diptych (seabed), Kazakhstan, 2011. “They now stand as monuments to the near ruin of mankind.”, “It’s a way of looking to our past,” says Kander. Igor was a reputable Soviet nuclear physicist who worked as a director of the infamous, highly classified Soviet atomic bomb project. Nadav Kander – The Polygon Nuclear Test Site VII, Kazakhstan, 2011. Save 50%! Nadav Kander, The Polygon Nuclear Test Site (After the Event), Kazakhstan (2011) Photo courtesy of Flowers Gallery. Nadav Kander (born 1961) is a recipient of the renowned Prix Pictet and one of today's most successful photographers. Available for sale from Flowers, Nadav Kander, Kurchatov I (Scientific Research Facility), Kazakhstan (2011), Chromogenic Print, 147 × 179 cm Most visited arts non-profit online. Surprisingly, Kander takes hauntingly beautiful pictures of the aftermath of the Cold War which are a result of the relentless effort to develop nuclear armaments. In 1975, the institute developed an even larger tokamak called T-10, which is used to date for checking equipment for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the first-generation experimental thermonuclear reactor. eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'publicdelivery_org-netboard-1','ezslot_21',187,'0','0'])); The National Nuclear Center of Kazakhstan says that most areas within the test site range may not be used commercially for a long time. I photographed these pictures… This was a children’s campground, and I was told that the statue… once held an oar.”, Kander won the prestigious Prix Pictet award in 2009 for his project following the Yangtze river in China from booming Shanghai to the rural Qinghai province, past the millions displaced by development. “It turned out to only be two, because I was arrested each time – once you’ve been arrested in Russia twice, you don’t want to push it by going back again.” This image shows a telephone exchange in Kurchatov, one of the Soviet Union’s ‘closed cities’: built using gulag labour, it was the spot chosen by the head of Stalin’s secret police as a base for scientists in the state nuclear testing programme. How we exist on our planet, how we exist with our surroundings, how we deal with our surroundings.”, Kander has picked this image as his favourite, telling [The Guardian](http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jul/18/nadav-kander-russia-photography-nuclear-deserted-towns): “The front is almost perfect, but the side is crumbled away. These images appear in the first three spreads, perhaps to prepare one’s mind to the secrets about to be uncovered. Further down the street, you will find a residence of Lavrentiy Beria, who infamously chose this location for the government’s nuclear program. Rooted in an interest in the 'aesthetics of destruction,' Dust explores the vestiges of the Cold War through the radioactive ruins of secret cities on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia. Nadav Kander – Kurchatov II (slumped house), Kazakhstan, 2011, Nadav Kander – Priozersk I (military housing), Kazakhstan, 2011. It still depends on the nuclear technologies for its sustainability, though not on a grand scale as before. All that remains now is a massive deserted landscape of radioactivity. The first three spreads of Nadav Kander's enigmatically titled book, "Dust," show the dark silhouettes of branches against a night sky, with the black shadows of these ominous black birds somehow standing out against the darkness. Kander, 54, is among the best portrait and landscape photographers of his generation. Since the decommissioning of the Test Site, the population of Kurchatov dropped from 50,000 to just 13,000. Nadav Kander – Album of Nuclear Explosions 1955 page 1, Kazakhstan, 2011. Nadav Kander – The Aral Sea I (officer’s housing), Kazakhstan, 2011. Scientists honed the weapons and monitored their effect on the local population. Dust View in Monographs Stern FOTOGRAFIE Portfolio No. As part of Dust, he visited a dried-up section of the Aral Sea, where the missiles tracked in Priozersk were launched. Please join us on Pinterest, YouTube or Instagram. Nadav Kander: 3 years taking photos of China's longest river, Pedro Marzorati's striking installation comments on climate change, Alexander Gronsky & Norilsk - The most depressing city on earth, Luke Jerram stunning moon replicas - Created from NASA imagery. “The parts that I was interested in were… the parts that were destroyed, that were to do with the Cold War.” For Kander, the ruins took on greater meaning. Nadav Kander – Album of Nuclear Explosions 1955 page 1, Kazakhstan, 2011 The beginning of the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy The site for the institute was identified in 1947 by the Soviet atomic bomb projects’ political leader, Lavrentiy … “While we often think of a ruin as something beautiful and romantic, something that conjures melancholy – these are ruins to a very dark past and not that way at all.” Yet he wasn’t there to record history: “I’m not a documentarian, this is a human condition – for all humans,” he says. Kurchatov is now part of Soviet Union history no one wants to be reminded of, but the scars are still visible, and will probably be for the foreseeable future. The Polgon Nuclear Test Site IV, Kazakhstan, 2011. Read about our approach to external linking. While the area had been described as uninhabited, there was a large civilian town within 160km of the site. The institute was initially codenamed Laboratory No. Nadav Kander Dust 2011. 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