Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Manhattan Project

I am really enjoying New Mexico Week, and I hope you are too. There is so much interesting history there. Normally we think of the very old and rich cultures of the Native Americans and Spanish there. What we sometimes forget is that it is one of the central locations for secret military projects.

The picture above is of Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves looking at ground zero after the first nuclear bomb explosion, which was done at Alamogordo as part of the Manhattan Project. 

New Mexico is still home to the Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, and the White Sands missile range.


  1. I'm going to guess that photo was taken before they really knew about the long lasting effect of radioactivity. Either that or they were wearing lead lined pants.

  2. It looks like the General is wearing protective booties. As long as his shoes stay clean we can live with the radiation.

    1. Indeed, protecting ones footgear should always be of paramount concern.

  3. I'm surprised anything was left.

  4. The Trinity site is open to the public one day a year -- the first Saturday of October (this coming weekend).

  5. nice post ..
    really very nice your post

  6. On the theme of old and new, you can find some photos of the Los Alamos range, in this period, being patrolled by mounted U.S. Army policemen. Sort of an interesting thought in some ways. Some good photos of it were up on the Society of the Military Horse website.