The world’s first atomic bomb test created a rare, alien crystal

On July 16, 1945, the U.S. Army blew up the world first nuclear test weapon over the New Mexico desert. At the moment, metal-coated plutonium a device called a “Gadget” exploded, creating a giant fireball that rose high into the sky, vaporizing everything it touched. Sand melted into radioactive glass, and a crater almost as wide as a football field damaged the planet. The test – coded Trinity – was successful.

But Trinity was not only destroyed; it also left behind something strange and new.