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NM Centennial - Shaped by Science, Pt. 2..The Atomic Bomb

There is little doubt about the most important technology to emerge from New Mexico.  It appeared with a flash and a roar before dawn on July 16, 1945, on a stretch of south-central new Mexico desert.

The first atomic bomb was developed at Los Alamos as part of the Manhattan Project.  Two bombs built there were dropped on Japan in the finals days of World War II.

As the Cold War developed, nuclear weapons technology became one of the state's largest industries, with two major research centers...Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories..becoming economic anchors.

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Thanks to the publication "New Mexico 100 Years of Statehood" for this article.

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