Where the action was (1945)

8723456150_66cc650ef3_kThis photo, taken Nov. 7, 1945, shows the operators desk in the master control room for the K-25 and K-27 uranium-enrichment plants in Oak Ridge. The gaseous diffusion operation had earlier provided the partially enriched uranium that fed processes at Y-12 late in World War II and helped accelerate production of materials for the Little Boy atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. K-25/K-27 were later essential in building the enriched uranium stockpile for the nation’s Cold War nuclear arsenal.  (Department of Energy archives/Ed Westcott photo)

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