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Project Trinity 1945-1946

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Project Trinity 1945-1946

Project TRINITY, conducted by the Manhattan Engineer District (MED),

was designed to test and assess the effects of a nuclear weapon. The

TRINITY nuclear device was detonated on a 100-foot tower on the

Alamogordo Bombing Range in south-central New Mexico at 0530 hours on

16 July 1945. The nuclear yield of the detonation was equivalent to

the energy released by detonating 19 kilotons of TNT. At shot-time,

the temperature was 21.8 degrees Celsius, and surface air pressure was

850 millibars. The winds were nearly calm at the surface; at 10,300

feet above mean sea level, they were from the southwest at 10 knots.

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