March 4, 1962: Nuclear Age Comes to Antarctica – Wired News

by Leslie on March 16, 2011

While the idea of placing a nuclear plant in such an ecologically sensitive location may seem like madness today, in the pre-Chernobyl, pre–Three Mile Island world of 1962, nuclear power was seen as a cost-effective, efficient and relatively safe way of providing power to permanent Antarctic research stations.
The reactor was set up at McMurdo Station, on a barren spit of land selected by the United States in 1955 for its largest Antarctic research station.

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March 4, 1962: Nuclear Age Comes to Antarctica – Wired News

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