Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Dawn of the Nuclear Age

This photograph shows the first Nuclear Blast. It occurred on this day, July 16, in the year 1945 at the top secret "Trinity" site, 35 miles from Socorro, New Mexico. It was the culmination of the "Manhattan Project", one of the Nation's most intense, and successful R&D projects of all time. After seeing the blast, one of the key developers, Robert Oppenheimer, thought of the Hindu verse, "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." Several weeks later, a similar bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Some view the bombing of Hiroshima as an act of Barbarism. Others view it as a quick means to end a brutal war, not wanted by, and not started by the United States.

2 comments:

  1. And thus began the 25 years of terror as the four lsrge powers in the world began the race to have the biggest arsenals of atomic waepons. Unfortunately, as cooler heads began to prevail and the weapons were slowly destroyed. four less stable countrys ( India, Pakistan, China and Israel began to develop nuclear weapons for "self defense". Now Iran is trying to get into the club and has a rocket that can cover most of the Islamic world. Best we stop Iran and stop further proliferation of these weapons. Urainium makes a fine fuel for nuclear power plants.

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