Manhattan Project park to offer tours of Los Alamos site

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This undated aerial photo shows the Los Alamos National laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. When J. Robert Oppenheimer invited the top scientists to New Mexico in 1943 to build the world’s first nuclear weapon, no one really knew what the results were going to be. What they did know was that they had to succeed […]

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) – Federal officials will be offering tours of portions of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Los Alamos. The National Park Service has teamed up with Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration to organize tours during a weekend in July.

Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. Each day will consist of two tours of 25 people each, each lasting three hours. Not all sites that make up the park are open to the public.

On the tours, visitors will see Pond Cabin, which served as an office for the scientists who were studying plutonium; a bunker used to protect equipment and staff during explosives testing; and the building where a deadly plutonium accident took place.

Officials say more tours will be planned later this year.

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