Why is Manhattan Project called that?
Colonel James Marshall established the Manhattan Project on the 18th floor of an office building at 270 Broadway in Manhattan in June of 1942. While the Manhattan office itself was closed down, the name stuck to the resulting locations as a whole.
What exactly was the Manhattan Project?
The Manhattan Project was the code name for the American-led effort to develop a functional atomic weapon during World War II. The Manhattan Project was started in response to fears that German scientists had been working on a weapon using nuclear technology since the 1930s—and that Adolf Hitler was prepared to use it.
What was the name of the project that produced the atomic bomb?
Research and development project that produced the first atomic bombs. This article is about the atomic bomb project. For other uses, see Manhattan Project (disambiguation). The Trinity test of the Manhattan Project on 16 July 1945 was the first detonation of a nuclear weapon.
When did the US start developing nuclear weapons?
The Trinity test of the Manhattan Project was the first detonation of a nuclear weapon. The United States first began developing nuclear weapons during World War II under the order of President Franklin Roosevelt in 1939, motivated by the fear that they were engaged in a race with Nazi Germany to develop such a weapon.
What was the name of the Project Pluto nuclear weapon?
One such effort under the supervision of the U.S. Air Force was a weapon dubbed the Supersonic Low Altitude Missile or SLAM (not to be mistaken for the later AGM-84E Standoff Land Attack Missile). The SLAM missile program was to utilize a ramjet nuclear propulsion system being developed under the name Project Pluto.
Where does the force of a nuclear weapon come from?
A nuclear weapon is an explosive device that derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions, either fission (fission bomb) or from a combination of fission and fusion reactions (thermonuclear bomb).