Essay about The Atomic Bomb : The Submarine Of Worlds

1313 Words Dec 13th, 2015 6 Pages
“I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”1 These words were quoted by Robert Oppenheimer after the first successful test of the atomic bomb, the Trinity Test. The atomic bomb was being tested and designed by the “Manhattan Project,” a top-secret nuclear weapon development organization for the purpose of attacking Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. The idea of creating the weapons was originated when Albert Einstein5 heard about the efforts of Germany to purify uranium-235, which could be turned into the atomic bomb. After seven years of working, the Y-12 power plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, produced bomb-grade U-235 that was shipped to New Mexico to construct the weapons named Little Boy and Fat Man, which were going to be dropped in Japan.
On July 16, 1945, the nuclear bombs were tested at Los Alamos, New Mexico. This point of time was when Robert Oppenheimer quoted the famous words, “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”1 By stating this, Oppenheimer meant that nuclear weapons were weapons of destruction, causing death and catastrophe everywhere. As time passed, Little Boy and Fat Man were made, and Paul Tibbets flew Enola Gay over Japan and dropped the bombs on August 6, 1945. He dropped Little Boy on Hiroshima and Fat Man on Nagasaki three days later. The result of the explosions were calamitous. There were about 105,000 deaths and 94,000 injuries. Even after the bombs, radiation constantly seemed to haunt the Japanese, and those who were injured were…

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