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Trinity Shot - 1945 United States Atomic Weapons Test (Silent Film) - WDTVLIVE42

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Published on Nov 17, 2011

[Silent film]
Department of Energy Nuclear test film showing activities related to the "Trinity Shot", the first ever detonation of an atomic weapon. Shows preparation of the bomb and detonation.

Background information courtesy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_...)
Trinity was the code name of the first test of a nuclear weapon. This test was conducted by the United States Army on July 16, 1945 in the Jornada del Muerto desert about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, at the new White Sands Proving Ground, which incorporated the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range. (The site is now the White Sands Missile Range.) The date of the test is usually considered to be the beginning of the Atomic Age.

Trinity was a test of an implosion-design plutonium device. The weapon's informal nickname was "The Gadget". Using the same conceptual design, the Fat Man device was detonated over Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945. The Trinity detonation produced an explosive power equivalent to the explosion of about 20 kilotons of TNT. .
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