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Trinity device on tower with Norris Bradbury

Trinity device on tower with Norris Bradbury

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LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

The Trinity device, the world's first atomic bomb, in place at the top of its support tower. Standing next to the bomb is Norris Bradbury, the man in charge of the bomb's construction. Trinity was detonated on 16 July 1945, and had an explosive power equivalent to 21,000 tons of TNT. The device used plutonium as the fission material, several explosive 'lenses' forced small amounts of plutonium together to form the critical mass needed for the explosion. Many wires may be seen leading to the detonators for these 'lens' charges.

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