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Of Ashes and Atoms: The Story of the NASA Plum Brook Reactor Facility (2004)

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Kate Mulgrew narrates the fascinating story of NASA's only nuclear fission test reactor, activated in Ohio in 1961 to be used in research on nuclear-powered planes and shuttles and shut ... See full summary »

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Kate Mulgrew narrates the fascinating story of NASA's only nuclear fission test reactor, activated in Ohio in 1961 to be used in research on nuclear-powered planes and shuttles and shut down for good by President Nixon in 1973 due to costs. Written by Anonymous

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1 September 2004 (USA)  »

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first good NASA documentary
12 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was a surprise in that it was actually entertaining while documenting the decommissioning and deconstruction of the NASA nuclear reactor. The decommissioning of the NASA reactor is more than just the hardware and test data from the experiments, it's the story of the people who worked there. The movie digs deep into the region's history and and ends with a lessons learned at the end as the land under the reactor is returned to it's original state. You get a glimpse into how it must have been to be working for NASA during the exciting times of the Space Race. You also see how world events helped shape this fertile ground where Indians once gathered to hunt and then where American's farmed and then again where NASA's bright young scientists dreamed of things that might be for our journey into space.


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