Trinity Site
April 1, 2006

Day 1
Trinity Site
Missile Park
White Sands National Monument
Space History Museum
Lincoln National Forest
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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A section of the surface of the original atomic blast crater is protected by lead shielding and visitors used to be able to look at it through a leaded glass window. The window is now shuttered and a sign say that sand has covered the ground within and there is nothing left to see.

The fence at the back of Trinity site has plaques with interesting photos from before, during, and after the nuclear blast. On the day of the open house, there is a trailer with a replica of Fat Man, the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki 3 weeks after the Trinity test. It was brought in from Missile Park.

Atomic bombs are a little less scary after you see families posing for pictures with their pets at a former ground zero. There were at least a half dozen dogs with visitors to the atomic bomb blast site.

Original camp at Trinity Site
Photo caption - Men line up to enter the mess hall at base camp. It is here that a young engineer,
Felix DePaula, accidentally flipped a bull snake over a building onto the men standing in line. When
he peeked around the corner the men were all looking up trying to determine if a hawk or an eagle
had dropped the snake on them.

Section of original blaster crater protected by lead shielding

Fat Man atomic bomb
Fat Man atomic bomb casing.

Using a geiger counter at Trinity Site Ground Zero
Visitor using a geiger counter to measure radiation.

Trininite fused glass from the world's first atomic blast.

Posing with a dog at the site of Ground Zero.

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