Although Los Alamos does not yet have tours of Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) sites “behind the fence” at Los Alamos National laboratory (LANL), it does have something the sites at Hanford, Washington and Oak Ridge, Tennessee lack: an app that offers a virtual tour of what Los Alamos looked like during the Manhattan Project years.
The app has been available for iPhones since April and was recently launched for Androids.
“Virtual tour” is an understatement. The app strives to recreate the some of the experiences a scientist recruited to “Project Y” might have encountered.
The app opens with the view of a desk. Tapping on the image brings up a telegram that reads:
“Thank you for agreeing to work on the project. Report to the train station in Lamy, NM. When you arrive, make your way to 109 E. Palace in Santa Fe, NM. Thank you.
“P.S. Relay this information to no one or your commission will be forfeited.”
The next image is of a dining car, with text about the events that led up to the founding of the Manhattan Project. Tapping on each tidbit brings up additional information about each topic.