BSMA: Trinity Site Myths & Things You Might Not Know

Jim Eckles leading a tour at the Trinity Site, will speak on the subject at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Courtesy/BSMA

BSMA News:

The basic events of Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945, have been told and retold in dozens upon dozens of books, articles and television features.

Jim Eckles also has written about Trinity Site but has the perspective of conducting innumerable tours of the site and meeting veterans of the test since 1977.  He will explain that the dunes at White Sands National Monument were NOT bleached by the atomic blast, that the soldiers at Base Camp did play polo, how Lieutenant Bush was blown over by the blast, and much more.

Did you know the bomb’s plutonium core weighed about 13.5 pounds and only 20 percent of it was turned into energy – equal to 42 million pounds of TNT?

Eckles’ presentation will be light and fast and begins at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 in the Bradbury Science Museum Theater, prior to the Gadgets Gift Shop Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening. He will be available afterward to sign books.

To learn more about the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), click here.


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