[aprssig] OT APRS: A Date in History...

Dale Blanchard wa7ixk at earthlink.net
Sat Jul 16 14:03:00 CDT 2005

17 July 1962 was the last above ground test in Nevada.
23 Sept 1992 was the last underground test.
Retired cold war veteran

aa3jy at winlink.org wrote:

>At 5:29:45 (Mountain War Time) on July 16, 1945, in a white blaze that stretched 
>from the basin of the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico to the still-dark 
>skies, "The Gadget" ushered in the Atomic Age. The light of the 
>explosion then turned orange as the atomic fireball began shooting upwards at 
>360 feet per second, reddening and pulsing as it cooled. The characteristic 
>mushroom cloud of radioactive vapor materialized at 30,000 feet. Beneath the 
>cloud, all that remained of the soil at the blast site were fragments of jade 
>green radioactive glass created by the heat of the reaction.
>The brilliant light from the detonation pierced the early morning skies with 
>such intensity that residents from a faraway neighboring community would swear 
>that the sun came up twice that day. Even more astonishing is that a blind girl 
>saw the flash 120 miles away.
>Upon witnessing the explosion, its creators had mixed reactions. Isidor Rabi 
>felt that the equilibrium in nature had been upset -- as if humankind had become 
>a threat to the world it inhabited. J. Robert Oppenheimer, though ecstatic about 
>the success of the project, quoted a remembered fragment from the Bhagavad Gita. 
>"I am become Death," he said, "the destroyer of worlds." Ken 
>Bainbridge, the test director, told Oppenheimer, "Now we're all sons of 
>Clay AA3JY
>(Former Minuteman Missile Combat Crew Commander @ F01 Mud Butte, SD.)
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