Wartime view of the Graphite Reactor


This aerial photograph, taken on March 10,1944, shows the Graphite Reactor during its formative period in the World War II Manhattan Project. The Oak Ridge reactor, which was the world’s first continuously operated nuclear reactor, served as a pilot facility for the production of plutonium. (Department of Energy archives/Ed Westcott photo)

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