LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
First atomic bomb test site. Coloured aerial view of the test site of the first atomic bomb, part of the Manhattan Project. This image was taken 28 hours after the detonation of the 0.02 megaton "Trinity" bomb. The dark circle is an area of glass, formed by the effect of the intense heat of the explosion on the sand of the desert floor. It measures over 500 metres in diameter. Trinity was detonated at 5:29am on 16th July 1945 at the Los Alamos site in New Mexico, USA.
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