You can now buy a piece of the Manhattan Project
For several years the Mini Museum offers the opportunity to possess priceless scientific and historical artifacts, regardless of your budget. Now, to his collection, there are also finds related to Manhattan projectthe research and development program that led to the creation of the first atomic bombs.
The legacy of the Manhattan Project
Let’s make a quick summary for those who were distracted in history lessons.
The Manhattan project debut in 1939 with an investment of $ 2 billion, equivalent to about $ 23 billion today, and employed 130,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and construction workers spread across 30 different facilities across the United States. Among these also famous places such as Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, Trinity and Hanford.
The program resulted in an incredible success from a technological point of view, giving the world a mastery of physics never had before and paving the way for a flood of discoveries. The cost, however, was very high: 200,000 people lost their lives in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. An event that changed the world balance and of which humanity still bears the marks today.
The offers of the Mini Museum
But let’s go back to the Mini Museum.
To this day this institute almost shipped 1,000,000 copies to over 40,000 customers in 120 different countries. Now, as anticipated at the beginning, it has been added to the list of finds a protective window coming from the Manhattan Project.
If you have a large bank account you can evaluate the purchase of the entire piece, a 54-inch leaded glass window from the Hanford site. Once installed in the building of recovery of the plutonium of the T plant, engineers used it to control the extraction of this chemical element from irradiated fuel rods. The plutonium extracted from this very site was used for the Trinity Test, the first detonation of an atomic bomb, which took place on July 16, 1945.
As you will notice, the window tends to yellow and the reason is simple: it is made up of 30% lead oxide, which filters blue and UV light and gives the glass its protective properties.
Due to its technological and historical importance, the entire glass comes to cost the exorbitant sum of 3.4 million dollars. But if you want you can buy just a fragmentwith prices that vary from 39 to 259 dollars. Definitely more affordable figures that allow you to take home a piece of history.