Shippingport Atomic Power Station, 1957

Shippingport Atomic Power Station, 1957

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Credit: EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Shippingport Atomic Power Station. Fuel charge (centre) being installed in the first US full-scale atomic power plant at Shippingport, Pennslyvania, USA. This was the first full-scale nuclear power station in the USA. The fuel in its nuclear core consisted of 14 tons of natural uranium and 75 kilograms of highly enriched uranium. It is within this core that the nuclear fission that provides the power takes place. Watching the lowering of the fuel are engineers and technicians from the Duquesne Light Company and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. This power station went online in 1957, was opened in 1958, and closed in 1982.Restrictions:

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