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Fusion is the process by which the Sun and other stars generate light and heat. It is a nuclear process, where energy is produced by smashing together light atoms. It is the opposite reaction of fission, where heavy isotopes are split apart.

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Reactors

Despite their large size, nuclear reactors work similarly to a tea kettle. Fission heat is produced in rods filled with uranium fuel. The tubes are immersed in water, which flows upwards, removing the fission heat and producing steam. But while steam from a tea kettle makes a whistle, the reactor steam is directed to a turbine where it expands between the blades. This causes the turbine to turn and rotate the generator, creating electricity.

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Powering Space Missions

Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTG) are a nuclear technology attached to a spacecraft that supplies power and heating. They have been involved in more than 25 space missions providing power in deep space for Voyager 1 and 2, several Apollo missions, Galileo, and Nimbus.

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Nuclear Science

Fusion is the process by which the Sun and other stars generate light and heat. It is a nuclear process, where energy is produced by smashing together light atoms. It is the opposite reaction of fission, where heavy isotopes are split apart.

Learn More
 

Reactors

Despite their large size, nuclear reactors work similarly to a tea kettle. Fission heat is produced in rods filled with uranium fuel. The tubes are immersed in water, which flows upwards, removing the fission heat and producing steam. But while steam from a tea kettle makes a whistle, the reactor steam is directed to a turbine where it expands between the blades. This causes the turbine to turn and rotate the generator, creating electricity.

Learn More
 

Powering Space Missions

Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTG) are a nuclear technology attached to a spacecraft that supplies power and heating. They have been involved in more than 25 space missions providing power in deep space for Voyager 1 and 2, several Apollo missions, Galileo, and Nimbus.

Learn More
 

Girl Scouts Get to Know Nuclear

The American Nuclear Society has established a nuclear science inspired patch. Get to Know Nuclear and earn your patch today!

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Modeling Atoms : Mini Rutherford

Description: With the Mini Rutherford Activity, students deduce shapes and sizes of unseen objects by tracking the movements of objects…

Growing Irradiated Bean Seeds

Description: What happens to seeds that are exposed to very high levels of radiation? Will they grow normally?    …

Did You Know? Bookmarks

Grade Level: 5 - 8 These 2 ¼ x 8 inch bookmarks with Did You Know? messages make a perfect…

Teacher Resource Guide: Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World

Grade Level: 5-12 The ANS Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information is pleased to introduce its new teacher resource…

Isotope Discovery Kit

Grade Level: 9-12 Shelve the dry textbooks and one-dimensional charts.  You will energize your classroom and make science come alive…

Top 10 Things You Love (But Didn’t Know) About Nuclear Technology

Grade Level: 5-12 Nuclear science and technology improves our lives in many ways.  From reliable energy, to improved health care…

2015 Nuclear Art Contest Winners

  Thank you for participating in the 2015 ANS Nuclear Art & Multimedia Contest. 2015 theme: The World Needs Nuclear…

Radtown USA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s student-focused radiation website, RadTown, has launched with a new look and feel. This interactive, virtual…

goREACT

Create virtual chemical reactions with the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago's online and mobile interactive periodic tables!   Experiment…

Nuclear

Brought to you by the team behind the internationally acclaimed educational star gazing app - Star Chart Dare you enter…

ElectroCity

ElectroCity is an online computer game that lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities. It’s great fun to…

Energyville

If you like Farmville (or another RPG simulation game), try Energyville. Created by Chevron and The Economist Group, Energyville is…

Introduction to Sustainable Energy

As part of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare, the Introduction to Sustainable Energy course assesses current and potential future…

Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN)

A free residential summer camp for high school students (both sites) and science teachers (MSU only). PAN is an outreach…

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