Artifact Title: Trinity Atomic Test

Medium: Video

Creator: atomcentral

Video Length: 2:18

Video Title: Trinity Atomic Test complete takes

Upload Year: 2013

Platform: Youtube

Uploader: atomcentral

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TERA Curator: Amanda Nichols

Trinity Atomic Test

On July 16, 1945, the United States government approved the testing of the world’s first nuclear weapon, an atomic bomb code named “Trinity,” in the Jornada del Muerto desert in New Mexico. Developed as part of the Manhattan Project, the success of this test changed the face of research and development around nuclear technologies in the United States. In 1965, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the leader of the Manhattan project and “father of the atomic bomb” used overtly religious language as he reflected on witnessing the blast in the documentary The Decision to Drop the Bomb: “We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed. A few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu… says, ‘Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ I suppose we all thought that one way or another.”