Monument at Trinity Site - the original Ground Zero. First atomic bomb detonated here, 1945. Looking south.

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Wayland Del Mar on September 10, 2007

This site is accessible only two days a year (one spring, one fall) during a sort of "Atomic Open House." Military escorts convoy the public's vehicles through gargantuan White Sands Missile Range to the test site. Fascinating, sobering and a bit creepy - after all, a lot effort here was and still is directed toward destroying things.

Full Timer on May 9, 2008

On the contrary to being creepy. Much effort was done here to stop aggressors from destroying a way of life which secures individual freedom idealized by the American system (as originally conceived.) My father's life, thereby MY life and your freedom was saved by the efforts you find so "creepy."

falconium on May 25, 2008

It was a race and we won, thank God. Can you imagine a world where the Nazis or the Russians had gotten the bomb first? I have been to this site. What I found amazing is the trinitite or green glass the blast fused from sand. You can pick up a chip and hold in your hands the moment in time when man first split the atom. Google my article for Cyberwest "A Pocketful of Trinitite"

Andrey Bogdanov on August 6, 2008

Hi, falconium. "Can you imagine a world where the Nazis or Russians had gotten the bomb first?" I can. Have no comments for first Nazy bomb... in case of Russia, no any Hiroshima atomic bombing with 140 000 civil victims would had been held. Green glass drops fused from sand are about 4300 mkR/h radiation. They are dangerous even today. Regards, Andrey Bogdanov from Russia.

in_wonderland on May 3, 2010

why do people give monuments to nuclear weapon tests?

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