[Trinity Blast Animation#2] Trinity Atomic Test
July 16, 1945

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The effects could well be called unprecedented, magnificent, beautiful, stupendous and terrifying. No man-made phenomenon of such tremendous power had ever occurred before.

   General Thomas Farrell, Deputy to Gen. Leslie Groves 

I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.

   Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, Director of Los Alamos 

Now we are all sons-of-bitches.

   Dr. Kenneth Bainbridge, Director of Trinity Test 


Memorandum for the Secretary of Way, July 18, 1945
This is Gen. Leslie Groves report to the Secretary of War about the Trinity Test (now declassified). It has more information than the following press release and includes observations by Gen. Thomas Farrell and an officer at the Alamogordo Air Base. An ASCII version is also available.
War Department Release on New Mexico Test, July 16, 1945
This press release gives a dramatic account of the events surrounding the Trinity Atomic Test. Statements from Gen. Leslie Groves and Gen. Thomas Farrell are included. An ASCII version is also available.
Project Trinity
by Carl Maag and Steve Rohrer, Defense Nuclear Agency, DNA 6028F, 1982.
This document gives an overview of events at the Trinity Test and describes the radiological safety measures taken to protect the participants. (70K)
Map of Trinity Site in 1945 from "Project Trinity".


[Trinity Fireball Rising] Trinity Explosion in real time. (160 x 120 QuickTime MOV, 1.4 MB).

This was filmed by Berlyn Brixner from the North Shelter at a distance of 10,000 yards.

[Close-up Trinity Fireball] Trinity Fireball in high-speed close-up. (160 x 120 QuickTime MOV, 880 KB).

This is a 30 frame-per-second capture of the film shot from 10,000 yd. Step through it as single frames to see the development of the fireball until it begins to lift of the ground.

Photographs and Maps

The photos presented here are provided through the courtesy of the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Up Detailed Map of Trinity Site in 1945 (132K)
from Manhattan: The Army and the Atomic Bomb, by Vincent Jones.

Up Base Camp, 10 miles from Ground Zero (206K)

Up Unloading Jumbo to contain a "misfire" (187K)

Up McDonald Ranch House (102K)
where the plutonium core was assembled

Up Lifting the Gadget into the 100-foot tower (228K)

Up The Gadget and Norris Bradbury in the tower (222K)

Up Atomic Blast at 10 sec. (147K)

Up Crater at Ground Zero in September, 1945 (203K)

Up White Sands Missile Range Logo (5K)

Up Patch for Manhattan Project participants (4K).
The Los Alamos student association is selling Manhattan Project patch T-shirts and have some historical info about the patch at: http://www.hr.lanl.gov/Students/sa/social/stuff.html

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Last updated: April 2, 2000.