You Can Still See a Part of Oppenheimer’s Atomic Bomb in Missouri
Thanks to a new movie, atomic bomb history is now back at the forefront of conversation. Did you know that you can still see a part of Oppenheimer's atomic bomb which is on display in Missouri?
The Kansas City Star just shared a new video documenting a piece of J. Robert Oppenheimer's atomic bomb that's visible in the Harry S. Truman Library to this day. One of the curators explained that it was a safety plug that was present in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
The plug with the yellow top was removed and one with a red plug with the activating trigger was put in its place just prior to the bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. The safety plug was a protection against the atomic bomb detonating on the Enola Gay.
The atomic bombs that for all intent and purposes brought World War II to an end in 1945 have been brought back into the news with the release of the new Christopher Nolan movie Oppenheimer which opens in theaters on Friday, July 21.
The complicated history of the bombs and their development is part of a multi-faceted display at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. It tells the story of the decisions President Truman made along with the scientific development of atomic warfare.
Many reviews of the movie "Oppenheimer" are calling it a masterpiece including raves from industry site Variety. It's interesting that a piece of that real history remains on display in Missouri today.