Inside a Nuclear Reactor

Since the first reactor was created under the football stands at the University of Chicago, much of the world has become reliant on nuclear energy for its electrical grids, warships, and doomsday scenarios. But few Americans have actually been inside a reactor. See Life for the full slideshow

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    Down the Rabbit Hole

    Down the Rabbit Hole Admiral Hyman Rickover standing on ladder which makes long descent into circular nuclear reactor shell at the Shippingport power facility.
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    Reactor Face in 1952

    Reactor Face in 1952 Researchers work on an atomic reactor.
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    Nuclear Energy on the Half-Shell

    Nuclear Energy on the Half-Shell Two men look at the bottom half of the reactor-to-be at the Dounreay atomic power plant in Scotland, a steel ball 135 feet wide, made of welded plates, in 1956.
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    On Top of It All

    On Top of It All Men construct the top of the reactor at the Dounreay atomic power plant. The fissile plutonium core will be hung in the central hole.
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    Bridge to the Atomic Age

    Bridge to the Atomic Age A nuclear reactor is under construction near Mumbai, India in 1955. See Life for the full Slideshow
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