HISTORY MEME | 3/10 Moments → Trinity Test
On 16 July, 1945 at 5:29 in the morning the atomic age dawned as the first ever-atomic bomb, nicknamed “the Gadget”, was detonated in the New Mexico desert. For a few moments, it seemed as though the pre-dawn darkness had been swept away as a radiance “brighter than a thousand suns” illuminated the surroundings. The bomb was a carefully assembled implosion type device with a plutonium core, and the blast generated an explosive power close to that of 20 tons of TNT.
“We knew the world would not be the same.” said J. Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the team that designed the bomb. The test was a success for him and the others who worked on the Project, though other sources claim that Oppenheimer was less eloquent at the time of the detonation, simply exclaiming “It worked!” Nonetheless, the fact that the bomb did indeed work changed the course of human history. Hundreds of other nuclear tests would follow it, as well as the two actual bombings of Japan in August of the same year.
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