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Terrible Beauty: Remembering the Manhattan Project

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posted on Feb, 21 2011 @ 08:46 AM

In late 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt and the United States government developed a top-secret plan. The goal: to develop atomic bombs -- and beat Nazi Germany in doing so. The code name: The Manhattan Project

View of the atomic fireball following the test detonation of the first nuclear bomb, the Trinity test, held at the White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico,July 16, 1945.

Operation Greenhouse, 1951: High ranking military personnel sit in rows of deck chairs, wearing goggles, while illuminated by the flare of an atomic detonation at the Atomic Energy Commission's Pacific Proving Ground during Operation Greenhouse, 1951.

Manhattan Project leaders, including Robert Oppenheimer (white hat) and Gen. Leslie Groves (center), inspect the ruins of the tower from which the first atomic bomb test was conducted, July 16, 1945, in New Mexico.


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Operation Greenhouse:

Greenhouse George

Operation Greenhouse was the fifth American nuclear test series, the second conducted in 1951 and the first to test principles that would lead to developing thermonuclear weapons (hydrogen bombs). Conducted at the new Pacific Proving Ground, all of the devices were mounted in large steel towers, to simulate air bursts. This series of nuclear weapons tests were preceded by Operation Ranger and succeeded by Operation Buster-Jangle.

Operation Greenhouse represented new and aggressive designs for nuclear weapons. The main idea was to reduce the size, weight, and most importantly, reduce the amount of fissile material necessary for nuclear weapons, while increasing the destructive power. With the Soviet Union's first nuclear test just a year and half earlier, the United States had begun stockpiling the new designs before they were actually proven. Thus the success of Operation Greenhouse was vital before the development of thermonuclear weapons could continue.


So unique yet so amazing. Today it seems like nothing but at the time... This was IT. The big project.

I wonder if the program could be held as secret as this one. Not counting MK Ultra etc.

Such awesome power but such deadly results.

Changed the world-for sure.

posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 03:39 PM
Put up a picture of the device towed up the tower.
How could anyone think that exploded.
I'd believe Aliens exploded something than that ball of wires did anything.

The Fat Boy bomb looks too small.
The bomb bay of the B29 couldn't even close over it in one photo I saw.
And they expect us to believe they flew all they way to Japan like that.
Again I'd believe Aliens bombed Japan if I didn't know better.

posted on Feb, 24 2011 @ 01:55 AM

Originally posted by anon72

I wonder if the program could be held as secret as this one. Not counting MK Ultra etc.

People say 9-11 was too big a project to be covered up. Try building a nuke in secret! (successfully)

posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 04:30 PM
"Mulholand Falls" showed a infirmary of radiation victims of soldiers that had to
be close to atomic bomb tests.

There were thousands of imported German scientists working on all those tests
through the years.

Also on saucers and rockets and got NASA jobs to keep them quiet.

posted on Apr, 14 2012 @ 03:17 PM
I posted some comments on the Manhattan Project:

The whole announcement and start must never have been that active
cause it blew by Truman anything like a bomb existed much less anyone
in America was working on such a thing.


edit on 4/14/2012 by TeslaandLyne because: (no reason given)

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