Anniversary of world's 1st atomic test fuels nuclear debate
July 17, 2020
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Transported in the backseat of a blacked-out Plymouth sedan was the culmination of years of feverish work — a hefty plutonium core that would soon be used to trigger the world's first atomic explosion.
Within days of being taken in 1945 from a top-secret installation in the mountains of northern New Mexico to a desert outpost more than 200 miles away, the core and other components were assembled for what was code-named the Trinity test.
Scientists weren't entirely sure whether the "Gadget" would work as intended or if the explosion would ignite the Earth's atm...