Were scientists scared during the first US nuclear weapon test (Manhattan Project)?

Mudassir Ali 9 months 1 Answer 120 views

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  1. They were not scared but nervous.

    The Trinity test of 16 July 1945 was the culmination of years of hard work and had cost the taxpayer some 2 billion dollars (1945).

    The atmosphere prior to the test is well described by John Newhouse is his work “The Nuclear Age” (1989).

    They had a pretty good idea about the yield of the Gadget and knew the atmosphere couldn’t be ignited, a claim that is often made.

    The fear that the Germans might them to the punch was no longer there of course as Germany has surrendered on 9 May 1945.

    Still, they were pretty nervous.

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