On the 75th Anniversary of the ‘Trinity Test’

The birth of the nuclear age was begat at the Trinity site in a barren New Mexico desert named Jornado del Muerto. The “Gadget”, as it was called by Los Alamos scientists who conceived and built the first nuclear bomb, was hoisted up the tower. At dawn, July 16, 1945, it lit up the sky…


The “Gadget”, the first nuclear bomb. At the Trinity test site in New Mexico. Archive photo, TR-310, Los Alamos National Lab. Photographer anonymous.



July 16, 1945, 5:29:45 AM (Mountain War Time), ~35 miles SE of Socorro, NM



J. Robert Oppenheimer

“I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”