NATM: Remembering the Manhattan Project

The so-called Manhattan Project was considered a major success in the field of nuclear science. It was the birth of the use of nuclear weapons, a top secret directive during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency. A team of scientists from Great Britain, United States, and Canada, along with General Leslie Groves and Robert Oppenheimer concocted this plan in an attempt to win the nuclear weapons race against Germany, Japan, and Russia. A perfect combination of science, technology, and industry, the Manhattan project brought the actual power of nuclear fission reactions. What began in 1939 as a modest project, carried on to employ more than 130,000 people and cost nearly $2 billion, according to Wikipedia. But how much do you know about the Manhattan project? There’s a lot to know about the project that brought about the greatest discovery of the decade. Las Vegas Museums, specifically the National Atomic Testing Museum, shelter some of little-known facts about the Manhattan Project and more.

Little-Known Facts

Dubbed the “Father of the Atomic Bomb” according to popular belief, Albert Einstein has no direct participation in the Manhattan Project. However with his long-penned atomic theory, he was part of the project in its infant stages. His only direct participation was writing a letter addressed to then president Franklin Roosevelt.

Nagasaki was not supposed to be hit by the atomic strike that crippled Japan. The first choice was the city of Kokura, however when the bombers made it there, it was determined that the weather wasn’t suitable so they made a decision to move to Nagasaki instead.

Museums Las Vegas may have added these facts lately but it has been foretold even way back in 1914 when author H.G. Wells predicted in his novel “The World Set Free” that there would be use of nuclear weapons in the 21st century.

The Ones That Made the Headlines

Fat Man and Little Boy would always ring a bell when talking about WWII. They were the bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, and has created a name for themselves. This initiative, conclusively, ended the war itself.

There were many bomb design concepts during the development of the project, but they came up with the final designs as mentioned earlier with Fat Man and Little Boy, according to Wikipedia, and these can all be seen in museums in Las Vegas.

Nicknamed “flying fortresses”, the B-29 bombers were specifically designed under Project Silverplate, making them purposefully built for the Manhattan Project. Planes were specifically built to carry the payload to end the war, that’s something.

For more information with what really happened during the war, come over the National Atomic Testing Museum, and find out what really transpired during the wars that shaped history.


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