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The Manhattan Project was the top secret military endeavor to build, and detonate the first atomic bomb. It was based at Los Alamos, New Mexico and headed by Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer. The completion came on July 16, 1945 when the team exploded the first Atomic Bomb (Gadget) on the St. Augustine Plain at what is now known as the Trinity site, in central New Mexico. This site is open to the public for escorted tours twice a year: the first weekend in April and the first weekend in October.

Development of the first U.S. nuclear weapons (Gadget, Little Boy, Fatman) was led by the U.S Army and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Oppenheimer was the lead scientist, General Groves was the commander and executive in charge.

The project employed a large number of people in other places such as Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Hanford, Washington, where the fissile materials (80% enriched uranium at Oak Ridge, plutonium at Hanford) were made.

It was the WWII codename from 1942 to 1947 for the creation of the Atomic Bomb which was a Joint Canadian, United Kingdom, and United States effort under the control of the US Army Corps of Engineers. It was termed the Manhattan Engineering District to mask the large expenditures needed. In truth it had little to do with the island of Manhattan or with Manhattan Kansas. It involved over 130,000 people and spent two billion US dollars at such diverse locations as Oak Ridge Tennessee, Columbia University, the University of California Berkeley, the University of Chicago, Hanford Washington, Wendover Utah, Wright Field Ohio, Muroc Army Airfield California (now Edwards AFB), and Los Alamos New Mexico.

The military Manhattan Project ended in 1947 when its responsibilities were turned over to the newly created civilian Atomic Energy Commission.
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What is the Manhattan project?

The Manhattan Project was the project to develop the first nuclearweapon (atomic bomb) during World War II by the United States, theUnited Kingdom, and Canada. Formally design

Who was in the Manhattan Project?

The Manhattan Project was the name for a project conducted during World War II, to develop the first atomic bomb. It refers specifically to the period of the project from

What did the Manhattan project do?

Created the first Atomic Weapon (Nuclear Bomb). And ended WW2 with the dropping of 2 A-Bombs on Japan.

What was the goal of the Manhattan project?

The goal of the Manhattan Project was to create nuclear fissionreactions. This was done to determine the mass of any radioactivematerial in the creation of an atomic bomb.

What caused the Manhattan project?

Albert Einstein was a German, Jewish scientist escaping Europe during WWII. When he arrived in the U.S. he informed the government that the Germans were researching how to con

How did the Manhattan Project happen?

A couple of prominent physicists wrote up a warning letter, hadit signed by Albert Einstein, and had it delivered to US presidentFranklin D. Roosevelt, urgently warning of the

What were the three bombs of the Manhattan project?

MK-III Gadget . MK-I Little Boy . MK-III Fat Man . Another MK-III was completed 4 days after the Japanese surrender, it was not used.

What was the Manhattan Project World War 2?

It was an organization led by the United States, with help from Canada and Great Britain. It started after the United States learned of Germany's wanting of nuclear weapons. I