Monday, January 19, 2015

The Manhattan Project

On July 16th, 1945 at 5:29:45 AM in Alamogordo, New Mexico at a location known as the Jornada del Muerto ("Journey of Death") desert a new age dawned and humanity in the deepest sense began its own journey of death. 

Today on Far Future Horizons we take a voyage back in time to the dawn of the Atomic Age and revisit – The Manhattan Project.

In its race against the Nazis to develop an atomic bomb, the United States of America assigned some of the world’s leading scientists to The Manhattan Project, an incredible scientific, engineering and manufacturing enterprise which would have everlasting global consequences for the future of humanity. 

"The gadget" was the code name given to the first bomb used during the Trinity Test on July 16th, 1945 . This type of Bomb was eventually dropped over Nagasaki, Japan on  August 9, 1945

This documentary examines the Manhattan Project through government files, archival footage and accounts of surviving members of the developing team, including Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay, and directors of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Although the atomic bomb was never officially used after World War 2, the potential danger and risk is still there and should not be underestimated.

 The Trinity Test Fireball

The Manhattan Project 

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