Trinity Nuclear Bomb Photo
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Ever wonder what the first detonation of a nuclear device looked like? If so, the test codenamed “Trinity” and conducted by the United States Army at 5:29 a.m. on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project. It happened in the Jornada del Muerto desert approximately 35-miles southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, on the former USAAF Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range, now part of White Sands Missile Range. Read more for a video and additional information.



Fortunately, the only standing structures in the vicinity at that time were the McDonald Ranch House and its ancillary buildings, which scientists used as a laboratory for testing bomb components. They also constructed a base camp, which housed some of the 425 people present on the weekend of the test.

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