01 - Book 1: Trinity Atomic Test Site circa 1991



02 - Book 2: Trinity Atomic Test Site: 1945-1995 circa 1995



Running Time: 1 hour and 1 minute
Read by: David Wales
Book Coordinator: David Wales
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Cover:  Photograph of the Trinity nuclear test, July 16, 1945 by Jack Aeby of the Special Engineering Detachment, Manhattan Project, Los Alamos
Inset:  Image of Trinity test base camp c. May 1945
Inset:  Logo of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Inset:  Logo of the White Sands Missile Range
Insert image: The tower with “the gadget” used in the Trinity test, 1945
Insert image: Trinity Site explosion, 0.016 second after explosion, July 16, 1945
Insert image: Jumbo, a 120-ton steel vessel designed to contain the explosion of the bomb’s high explosive and permit recovery of the active material in case of nuclear failure arrives at the site

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On July 16, 1945 at 5:29 am the United States Army detonated the first atomic bomb on the USAAF Alamagordo Bombing and Gunnery Range in the Jornada del Muerto desert 35 miles southeast of Socorro, New Mexico.  It was a key event in the Manhattan Project, a top secret effort to develop fissile material led by Major General Leslie Groves of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers that grew to employ over 130,000 people and cost about $27 billion in today’s dollars.  The weapons were developed at the Los Alamos Laboratory that was directed by nuclear physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. The test was code-named “Trinity” after the poetry of John Donne and involved the detonation of an implosion-design plutonium device nicknamed “The Gadget” that was similar to the “Fat Man” bomb later detonated over Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945. The complexity of the design led to concerns about whether the device would work, and that, in turn, led to the decision to conduct a nuclear test. The test was planned and directed by Kenneth Nichols. The two readings in this volume are of government publications, the first released by the National Atomic Museum in 1984 and the second by the White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office in 1995.

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EAN 0701236969412
Media MP3 CD
Package DVD Case
Author The National Atomic Museum and The White Sands Missile Range Public Relations Office
Read by David Wales
Length 1 hour and 1 minute
Type Solo reading

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