The Manhattan Project

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The process of building the two atomic bombs was long and hard. The Manhattan project employed 120,000 people, and cost almost $2 billion. Although there were 120,000 Americans working on the project only a select group of scientist knew of the atomic bomb development. Vice president Truman never knew about the development of the bombs until he became president. The axis powers did not know what was going on with the development of the atomic bomb; there was a soviet spy in the project. The soviet spy was Klaus Fuchs, and he had become one of the few people who knew of the bombs. In the summer of 1945 Robert Oppenheimer was prepared to test the first atomic bomb. Which was July 16, 1945 the bomb was tested. The bomb was tested at the Trinity site, and was attached to a tower that was 100 feet high. The scientists were not fully prepared for the power of the atomic bomb. The flash from the explosion could be seen from 200 miles away, and the mushroom cloud was close to 40,000 feet high. The force of the explosion broke windows in surrounding houses within 100 miles of the testing site. The powerful explosion had created a crater a half-mile wide; the heat from the bomb turned the sand into glass. The Atomic bombs were unlike any bombs that had ever been seen before. The explosion from the test bomb was 100 times stronger than the strongest bomb ever created prior. When the bombs were being developed none of the scientist knew if they would actually work. Even up to the day of the bombings the scientist were unsure if the bombs would explode or just fall to the ground. Although there were test bombs each and every bomb was different, thus making the scientist unsure of the explosions at anytime. To the United States, a dud ... ... middle of paper ... ...e End of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources. http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB162/ (accessed April 7, 2014). A&E Television Networks. "Yalta Conference." History.com. http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/yalta-conference (accessed May 10, 2014). Independence Hall Association. "The Manhattan Project." ushistory.org. http://www.ushistory.org/us/51f.asp (accessed May 3, 2014). "Atomic Bomb-Truman Press Release-August 6, 1945." Atomic Bomb-Truman Press Release-August 6, 1945. http://www.trumanlibrary.org/teacher/abomb.htm (accessed April 19, 2014). Independence Hall Association. "The Decision to Drop the Bomb." ushistory.org. http://www.ushistory.org/us/51g.asp (accessed April 11, 2014). Hall, Michelle. "By the Numbers: World War II's atomic bombs." CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/06/world/asia/btn-atomic-bombs/ (accessed March 30, 2014).

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