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Mind-boggling 'Classified' Photos That The Government Finally Released

For decades, the U.S. government has kept a ton of classified images under lock and key. Many of these photos were taken during the most iconic moments in American history and have the power to significantly alter perceptions of the nation. But enough time has passed that the classification has finally melted away, letting the public see them for the very first time. Will we ever view American history in the same light again?

"We the People..."

While Mount Rushmore may be famous for housing a sculpture of four iconic American presidents, you may not have known that the original draft included their bodies from the waist up! Ultimately, this was deemed a little much, and only their heads were used.

Summer vacation in space

As you can imagine, there are some serious drills that astronauts have to go through before they can be launched into space. What you probably didn't realize, however, is that these include spending time in the pool! While it might appear like a summer vacation, they are actually practicing the "splashdown procedure" here.

A desperate escape

While the Vietnam War was a trying time for American soldiers, Vietnamese civilians also suffered. Their lives as they knew it were completely destroyed. Here, a man is punched in the face after trying to board an overcrowded refugee flight.

Where does all the waste go?

If you've wondered where all the waste from America's nuclear activities ends up, then here's your answer! This giant tunnel is part of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada, which is home to all types of nuclear fuel and other forms of radioactive waste.