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Lynda Taffi
Lynda Taffi • 1 year ago

" J. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves, military commander of the Manhattan Project, examine the twisted wreckage that is all that remains of a 100-foot tower, winch and shack that held the first nuclear weapon before its July 16, 1945, detonation. On the far right is Victor Weisskopf of the Manhattan Project’s Theoretical Division."

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