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Space History Photo: Abe Silverstein

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The director of the Lewis Research Center addresses the importance and uses of nuclear propulsion. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, Abe Silverstein, director of Lewis Research Center, addresses an audience about the benefits of nuclear propulsion in 1961. In the background is a display titled "Nuclear Energy Research Technology" that features images of nuclear rockets and uses for thermoelectric power.

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