Perfecting the Atomic Bomb

The United States Government began "The Manhattan Project" which was committed to researching and producing an atomic bomb. This plan occurred over the course of six years ( 1939- 1945) and cost about $2 billion. On July 16, 1945 from the basin of the Jemez Mountains in northern NEw Mexico an atomic bomb was tested. The light of the explosion turned orange as the fireball shot upwards 360 feet per second reddening as it cooled. A characteristic cloud of 30,000 feet materialized into a mushroom cloud of radioactive vapor. All that remained beneath were fragments of jade green radioactive glass created by the heat of the reaction. It was so bright, that peoples miles aware could have sworn the sun came up twice that day.