The First Atomic Bomb Test, 1945

On July 16, 1945, at 5:29:45 am, the top secret Manhattan Project came to an explosive end as the first atom bomb was successfully tested near Alamogordo, New Mexico. (The site is now in the White Sands Missile Range.) The date of the test is usually considered to be the beginning of the Atomic Age. The bomb had been brought from the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in northern New Mexico. It was the forerunner of those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945 in an effort to hasten the end of World War II in the Pacific. Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear device.

View a video of the Trinity Weapon Test at

View the Nuclear Test Film – Trinity Shot at the Internet Archive

Trinity Test Photos from the Atomic Archive

The First Atomic Bomb Blast – Eyewitness to History

Trinity Site National Historic Landmark

Trinity Site Ground Zero Obelisk

Trinity & Beyond – The Atomic Bomb Movie – This informative documentary is an unsettling yet visually fascinating presentation about the history of nuclear weapons development and testing between 1945 until 1963. Narrated by William Shatner and featuring an original score performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the film reveals unreleased and classified government footage depicting in graphic detail these powerful and awesome weapons. Many scenes were restored with an Academy Award winning process that makes the footage look new. Director/producer Peter Kuran located footage that includes bombs being suspended by balloon, exploding under the ocean, being shot from a cannon and detonated in outer space. Also featured on the DVD: H-Bombs – wide shot scenes of Hydrogen bombs exploding in widescreen. Houses, cars, and trailers blown away in 3D – 3D glasses included! Plus a separate CD track of the orchestral score… and much more! “Trinity and Beyond” is not just another dry documentary – it’s an explosive cinematic experience. Running Time: 92 minutes

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