|The facility is a relatively small, new looking building with some outside exhibits.|
|The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is a Smithsonian Affiliate member|
|If I turn this little knob, it will do what?...really?|
|These are re-entry vehicles for a W59 thermonuclear warhead. |
The gray one (in the foreground) was shot into outer space in the 1960's to test the heat shield.
Re-entry vaporization reduced the nosecone by several inches and several pounds.
|This old Admiral television set was part of a fallout shelter display in the museum. |
We zoomed in on it because it is exactly like one Wayne's grandmother won in a random drawing.
|Certified Shelter Manager, Wayne. No really, he was really a trained certified fallout shelter manager. |
In this grainy photograph (wrong camera setting), he's pointing to his manager's shelter manual.
|Nuclear fuel rods - standing in the corner.|
|This is a picture of a photograph of Three Mile Island where the only American nuclear accident occurred.|
|Nuclear waste is stored in barrels. |
The signs state: "Drums Don Not Contain Radioactive Material"
I guess somebody got a little nervous about seeing that stuff in there.
|This race car was part of the "Nuclear Clean Air Energy" message promoted by Paul Newman and Eddie Wachs.|
It won some races and raised awareness about "clean, safe, nuclear power" -- they say that, not me.
|This is a B-29 Bomber like the ones that dropped the atomic bombs that ended the US war with Japan.|
|Wayne got to look inside the B-29, thanks to Mr. Patterson, a volunteer at the Museum.|
|This is a Nike Hercules Air Defense Missile. |
It is like the ones Wayne's custodial team managed while he served in the Army.
|I gave this one what I call a "radiation" look.|
|The view from the outside display area. |
It's a horribly windy day.
|I liked this view and then "played" with it 'till I felt it looked like the 1940's.|
|I'd heard about the "Doomsday Clock" but didn't know one really existed.|
In January 2007 the Doomsday Clock hands were moved forward two minutes -- to 5 minutes to midnight -- to reflect growing concerns about worsening climate change and the increasing odds of nuclear war threatening our survival. The nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea, the unsecured nuclear materials in Russia and elsewhere, escalating terrorism and the continued launch-ready status of 2,000 nuclear weapons held by the US and Russia were listed as reasons by the atomic scientists. Additionally the new pressure from climate change for expanded civilian nuclear power and its associated proliferation risks was also mentioned."
|This is the original photo.|
Lexie and Ozzie remained comfortabe in the car while we visited the museum. I tried to take them for a walk around the grounds as they like to walk on concrete, but the winds were so strong, they very nearly blew away! Later we found a sidewalk behind a wall for a little stroll.
|Bubbie almost blew away!|