We should remember it always, and clearly, and with detail. The loss of those 200,000 people vanishing in two lethal flashes of light with their billowing mushroom clouds hanging above is still hard to wrap your mind around. The fact that so many were civilians is horrific.
In the few paragraphs about nuclear weapons that you will put in your speech, you can reassure your allies and warn your adversaries by quickly and powerfully laying out your integrated, three-part agenda.
Plutonium has long been described as the most lethal radioactive substance. And the plutonium isotope used on the Curiosity rover is significantly more radioactive than the type of plutonium used in nuclear weapons or built up as a waste product in nuclear power plants.
What happens when Congress does the public's business in secret? The well-connected corporate lobbyists, fundraisers and campaign contributors are the ones who benefit the most because of their insider access.
These missions don't present threats to life on Earth -- unlike the use of nuclear power overhead. Also, the production of nuclear fuel on Earth for use in space -- or in the atmosphere for drones -- constitutes danger, too.
Trinity was the culmination of the Manhattan Project where, during World War II, some of the best scientific minds toiled to perfect a device they called "the gadget." With the force of 20,000 tons of TNT, the gadget broke windows 90 miles away
Under the guise of concern over climate change, some ask us to re-consider our aversion to new nuclear power, ignoring the same old problems that have stopped any plants from being commissioned since 1979.