This section provides an overview of the history of the Manhattan Project, the key organizations involved, the science behind the bomb, and more.
On November 3, 1944, Japan released fusen bakudan, or balloon bombs, into the Pacific jet stream. Japan’s latest weapon, the balloon bombs were intended to cause damage and spread panic in the continental United States.
The War of the Pacific against Imperial Japan was marked by episodes of mass suicides by Japanese soldiers and civilians, notably in Saipan and Okinawa.
Jumbo was designed by Los Alamos lab to act as a failsafe device for the Trinity test explosion.
Hungarian-American physicist Leo Szilard's petition sought to avert use of the atomic bombs against Japan.
The Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT), also known as the Partial Test Ban Treaty (PTBT), is an arms control agreement intended to restrict the testing of nuclear weapons and limit nuclear proliferation.
Technical description, photographs, and video of atomic bombs Little Boy and Fat Man dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
The Pajarito Plateau has been home to a number of inhabitants who have each uniquely shaped the landscape and history of the area.
The summer of 1942 proved to be troublesome for the fledgling bomb project.
With the US now at war, a sense of great urgency permeated the government's scientific enterprise.