New Mexico Junior College


Trinity Site Virtual Talk

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Hobbs, NM 88240
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Trinity Site Virtual Talk

Join us for a virtual talk about the Trinity Site.

On July 16, 1945, one week after the establishment of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), the world's first atomic bomb was detonated in the north-central portion of the missile range, approximately 60 miles north of White Sands National Monument.

After the explosion, Trinity Site was encircled with more than a mile of chain-link fencing, and signs were posted to warn people of radioactivity. The site was closed to both WSMR personnel and the general public. By 1953, much of the radioactivity had subsided, and the first Trinity Site open house was held in September of that year.

In 1965, Army officials erected a monument on Ground Zero. In 1975, the National Park Service designated Trinity Site as a National Historic Landmark. The landmark includes base camp, where the scientists and support group lived; the McDonald ranch house, where the plutonium core was assembled; as well as Ground Zero.

Mike Shinabery will be our speaker.

Mike Shinabery, whois an Educational Specialist for the National Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, New Mexico, was fortunate to go along for a ride in NASA's SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.


Registration is FREE and reserves your spot!

Thursday, October 21 , 2021


Mary Lyle