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The “Trinity” site, Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA

January 30th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

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Photo: Two men at ground zero of the Trinity test, August 1945

The "Trinity" test was the first test of a nuclear weapon, conducted by the United States on July 16, 1945 at 33.6773° N 106.4757° W, thirty miles (48 km) southeast of Socorro on what is now White Sands Missile Range, headquartered near Alamogordo, New Mexico. It was a test of an implosion-design plutonium bomb, the same type of weapon later dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. The detonation was equivalent to the explosion of around 20 kilotons of TNT, and is usually credited as the beginning of the Atomic Age.

The site was part of the Alamogordo Bombing Range, now the White Sands Missile Range. The test site is at the northern end of the range, between the towns of Carrizozo and Socorro, New Mexico, in the Jornada del Muerto in the southwestern United States.

Two bunkers were set up to observe the test. Oppenheimer and Gen. Farrell watched from the bunker ten miles from the detonation center, while Gen. Groves watched at the seventeen-mile bunker.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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Photo: Famous color photograph of the Trinity shot, the first nuclear test explosion.

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