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Ordnance Testing

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on August 14 the Japanese surrendered. Trinity Site became part of what was then White Sands Proving Ground. The proving ground was established on July 9, 1945 as a test facility to investigate the new rocket technology emerging from World War II. The land, including Trinity Site and the old Alamogordo Bombing Range, came under the control of the new rocket and

missile testing facility. Interest in Trinity Site was immediate. In September 1945 press tours to the site started. One of the famous photos of ground zero shows Groves and Oppenheimer surrounded by a small group of reporters as they examine one

of the footings to the 100-foot tower on which the bomb was