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Trinity Site tower replica built at nuclear museum

Eddie Garcia
October 04, 2017 06:57 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It isn't just any new tower adorning the Albuquerque skyline. It's a monument symbolizing a new era for humanity. The epicenter is in the Land of Enchantment.

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A replica of a nuclear testing tower went up at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. A similar tower was used at White Sands in 1945, marking the beginning of the atomic age. Jennifer Hayden at the National Museum of Nuclear History and Science explains what the original Trinity Tower was used for.

"[It] was used to hoist the gadget, the very first nuclear weapon that was ever used in testing," she said.

The tower was vaporized during that first test at White Sands on July 16, 1945. The replica was built to almost identical specifications. The gadget, of course, is not a real. In fact, the model nuclear bomb was built by the props department for the TV show "Manhattan."

"When the TV show went off the air, they asked would you like that and we said absolutely," Hayden said.

The grand opening will be Friday evening from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., complete with entertainment and other attractions. For more information about the premiere, click here.

"We are bringing history to life," Hayden said.

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Eddie Garcia

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