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Important object in the history of mankind, graphite from CP-1 (Chicago Pile 1), the first nuclear energy reactor which launched the first successful atomic energy experiment, giving life to the nuclear age. Enrico Fermi conducted the experiment on 2 December 1942 at the University of Chicago, reaching critical mass for a self-sustaining reaction at 3:25 pm, and lasting for 28 minutes. After the experiment, a coded message was relayed to James Conant, Chairman of the National Defense Research Committee, and the Manhattan Project was underway, leading to the creation of atomic energy bombs less than three years later. Stick of graphite measures 3'' x .75'' x .75'', encased in a lucite block measuring 3.75'' x 2.5'' x 1.5'', with a sticker to the side of the block reading ''Argonne National Laboratory / University of Chicago''. Consignor states that his father worked for the Argonne National Laboratory as a mathematician computer scientist for over 30 years. Other CP-1 graphite examples are housed at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos. A very rare and important piece of the first nuclear energy reactor that changed the course of history.
Graphite From CP-1, the First Nuclear Reactor, Used by Enrico Fermi in 1942 to Launch the First Atomic Energy Reaction -- The Birth of the Nuclear AgeGraphite From CP-1, the First Nuclear Reactor, Used by Enrico Fermi in 1942 to Launch the First Atomic Energy Reaction -- The Birth of the Nuclear AgeGraphite From CP-1, the First Nuclear Reactor, Used by Enrico Fermi in 1942 to Launch the First Atomic Energy Reaction -- The Birth of the Nuclear Age
Graphite From CP-1, the First Nuclear Reactor, Used by Enrico Fermi in 1942 to Launch the First Atomic Energy Reaction -- The Birth of the Nuclear Age
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