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Space History Photo: Demonstration of Plum Brook's reactor core

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Plum Brook's reactor core (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historic photo from the U.S. space agency is pictured the Plum Brook reactor's core, as demonstrated by the manufacturer prior to installation in the reactor pressure tank.

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