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The Trinity test, 16 milliseconds after the explosion

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Manhattan Project's massive effort to build the first atomic bomb led to the Trinity test on July 16, 1945 and inspired innovations and actions that continue to cascade through science and culture.

Inside Science Staff

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