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First nuclear power station. Workers in a reactor room of the Obninsk nuclear power plant near Moscow, Russia. Obninsk was the first civilian power station in the world, generating around 5 MW (megawatts) of electricity. It opened in 1954 and operated until 2002 when it was shut down. The site now houses a museum to nuclear power. Photographed in 2000.
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