The Manhattan Project: The Manhattan Project

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Brandon Fogg October 15, 2012 Manhattan Project The Manhattan Project The United States was not the only nation that took part in nuclear research and development in the 1940's; Canada and our friends from across the river in the UK also helped us assemble the first atomic bomb during WorldWar II after the English realized that Americans were moving at a much faster pace than anybody else in the world. The official name for the project was the “Development of Substitute Materials.” The English project that was being developed was called “Tube Alloys” but the program was struggling with British involvement in the war (Broad). It just made sense to work with allies to beat the common enemy rather than have two allied countries work individually…show more content…
The United States Army was in charge of the project and it was overseen by Major General Leslie Groves. As you can imagine, this was not just a walk in Central Park. There were many setbacks of this development such as money, materials, and security. From the first major initiation of atomic weaponry in the early 1940's, the United States seemed to have a leg up on any competition, most of which came about 50 miles away from mainland Alaska (which was not part of the United States until 1952) and about 575 miles away from Washington State (Tuchman, Palin). There are two islands though called Big Diomede and Little Diomede controlled by Russia and the United States respectively, which are only separated by about two and a half miles. Although you can walk across the water to the opposing country within an hour, the two islands are separated by the international date line so Little Diomede is twenty hours ahead of Big Diomede. Thats is just to put into…show more content…
There were only two tests conducted the the operation but those tests provided the information necessary to construct the nuclear navy and radiology used to treat cancer patients. Many people look at the Manhattan Project as a terrible event where the United States tried to eliminate millions of people, but the fact is that the technology was also used for saving lives. These tests were the first that an invited audience could attend. The two tests were; Able, conducted 520 feet in the air on July 1, 1947 and Baker, detonated 90 feet underwater by the new nuclear navy on July 25, 1947. A third test, Charlie was scheduled to detonate underwater but was cancelled after the navy's incapability to decontaminate the Baker ships. This test was postponed until 1955 off the coast of California. The inhabitants agreed to evacuate the island and were moved to mostly places of their choosing. The island is now unfit for farming and fishing due to nuclear waste and therefore is unfit for human life. Most of the people working for the project that were examining the after damage of the blasts just two hours after detonation were not wearing ANY protective clothing whatsoever, they was a study conducted on these people that determined that the life expectancy had decreased by 3 months the second they stepped foot on the blast site. One has
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