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.