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65 years since the first explosive test of an atomic device

Alamogordo, NM - Trinity test, July 16, 1945 - "JUMBO," a 120-ton steel vessel, was designed to contain the explosion of the bomb's high explosive and permit recovery of the active material in case on nuclear failure.

July 16, 1945 marked the beginning of the Nuclear Age. On that day, the United States conducted the first explosive test of an atomic device. The test was code-named Trinity and took place at the Alamogordo Test Range in New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto Desert. The bomb itself was code-named “The Gadget.” 

The Trinity test used a plutonium implosion device, the same type of weapon that would be used on the city of Nagasaki just three and a half weeks later. It had the explosive force of 20 kilotons of TNT. 

via The 65th Anniversary of the Nuclear Age | CommonDreams.org

Other reflections on the 65th year since the beginning of the nuclear age include: 

David Krieger: Shatterer of Worlds in Counter Punch

“July 16, 1945 marked the beginning of the Nuclear Age. On that day, the United States conducted the first explosive test of an atomic device. The test was code-named Trinity and took place at the Alamogordo Test Range in New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto Desert. The bomb itself was code-named ‘The Gadget.'” 

And: Cancer prevention expert, prof. emeritus at U. of IL School of Public Health, Chicago, Samuel S. Epstein reflecting on Reflecting on the 65th Anniversary of the First A-Bomb

“July 16 marks 65 years since the first atomic bomb explosion, known as Trinity. It is a date that changed world history forever, and created new health and security threats that still plague the planet.”

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