McDonald ranch house, Trinity test site, 1995

McDonald ranch house, Trinity test site, 1995

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This image is part of the feature The Birth Of The Atomic Bomb

Credit: DAVID PARKER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: McDonald ranch house, where the first atomic bomb was assembled, seen fifty years later in 1995. This ranch house has been preserved exactly as it was on the day of the Trinity Test, the detonation of the world's first atomic bomb in July 1945. The ranch house was used for the final assembly of the plutonium core of the bomb. The bomb was detonated at the top of a tower just two miles from the ranch house in the Jornada de Muerte valley, New Mexico. Despite the efforts of the original owners to recover it after World War 2, the ranch house has been kept as a monument to the birth of the nuclear age.

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Keywords: alamogordo, atomic bomb, early, energy, historical, manhattan project, mcdonald, mcdonald ra, mcdonald ranch, nuclear research, panoramic, power, ranch house, technology, trinity test, weapon, weapons

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