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scientists proved that it was possible to create and control a sustained nuclear reaction. Because Enrico Fermi was in charge of the experiment, the coded message about the scientific discovery evoked the voyages of Columbus. 4.The Manhattan Project moved from theory to practice in 1943. The physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer directed the young scientists at Los Alamos in designing a nuclear-fission bomb.5.The Manhattan Project ushered in the age of atomic energy. Plutonium from Hanford fueled the first bomb tested at the Trinity site in New Mexico on July 16, 1945.C.Men and Women in the Military1.Introduction4.Women in the Military