Plutonium on the Half Shell

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This small suite of rooms in the MacDonald Ranch farmhouse sits deserted on the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). These rooms are where the ‘gadget’ was assembled after its arrival by car from Los Alamos. The tower holding the bomb was a short distance away, so the core was assembled and wired together in this desert farmhouse. Those assembling the gadget imagined the atomic bomb might set fire to the atmosphere.

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