Preparations for the Trinity Test, the world's first detonation of a nuclear weapon, conducted on July 16th 1945 in New Mexico; here a huge steel vess - stock photo
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Preparations for the Trinity Test, the world's first detonation of a nuclear weapon, conducted on July 16th 1945 in New Mexico; here a huge steel vess

Preparations for the Trinity Test, the world's first detonation of a nuclear weapon, conducted on July 16th 1945 in New Mexico; here a huge steel vessel, nicknamed Jumbo, is about to be taken to the test site. Initially commissioned as a blast containment vessel, the bomb was to have been detonated within it's 36cm thick walls. This would allow recovery of the precious plutonium fragments should the nuclear chain reaction fail to sustain itself. However this plan was dropped due to growing confidence in the device and the 244 tonne vessel was finally placed about 240 metres from the explosion. It survived unscathed.

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Science Photo Library / Alamy

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3761 x 2848pixels

Print Size
13 x 9inches / 32 x 24cm

Date Created: 13 Aug 1990

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