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Los Alamos in Los Alamos County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory

National Historic Landmark

 
 
Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2015
1. Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Marker
Inscription.  
Los Alamos
Scientific Laboratory


has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark


Under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
this site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating or illustrating
the history of the United States
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1966


(left plaque)
Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory was founded January 1, 1943 for the purpose of developing an instrument of war, the Nuclear Fission Bomb. Successful in that task, LASL undertook a second assignment — creation of a “super” weapon deriving energy from the thermonuclear fusion of hydrogen. This mission too, was successful. Since that time the laboratory has continued to be one of the nation’s foremost development centers for nuclear weapons.

(right plaque)
The other half of LASL’s history — the nonmilitary half — is equally impressive. Ever since 1943 the laboratory has been making contributions to fundamental scientific knowledge and to peaceful applications of atomic energy.
Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Marker (<i>left plaque</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2015
2. Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Marker (left plaque)
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The world’s first enriched uranium reactor was designed and built at Los Alamos, where it has been in operations since 1944. The world’s first plutonium-fueled reactor went into operation at Los Alamos in 1946. This was also the world’s first fast-neutron reactor. In more recent years the laboratory has developed a reactor using uranium phosphate fuel and another using molten plutonium, both for the first time anywhere. Several rocket propulsion reactors have been built and ground tested, with flight tests scheduled in the next few years. The laboratory continues to be a leader in many other peaceful fields, including chemistry and metallurgy, biology and medicine, thermionic electricity, plasma physics, instrument development and electronic computing.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & MedicineWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1943.
 
Location. 35° 52.816′ N, 106° 18.189′ W. Marker is in Los Alamos, New Mexico, in Los Alamos County. Marker is on Trinity Drive (New Mexico Route 502) 0.1 miles west of 20th Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in an informational kiosk overlooking Ashley Pond. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2200 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos NM 87544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Marker (<i>right plaque</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2015
3. Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Marker (right plaque)
distance of this marker. Ice House Memorial (here, next to this marker); Los Alamos National Laboratory Today (here, next to this marker); Peggy Pond Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Manhattan Project Era (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fuller Lodge (about 800 feet away); Los Alamos Post Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); Post Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Mackwood Hopper (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Alamos.
 
Regarding Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. National Register of Historic Places #66000893.
 
Also see . . .  Los Alamos National Laboratory (Wikipedia). Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos or LANL for short) is a United States Department of Energy national laboratory initially organized during World War II for the design of nuclear weapons as part of the Manhattan Project. Today, Los Alamos is one of the largest science and technology institutions in the world. It conducts multidisciplinary research in fields such as national security, space exploration, nuclear fusion, renewable energy, medicine, nanotechnology, and supercomputing. (Submitted on September 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Marker & Plaques image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2015
4. Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Marker & Plaques
Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Marker Kiosk image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2015
5. Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Marker Kiosk
(Ashley Pond in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Mar. 22, 2023