February 14, 2012

The Boy Who Played With Fusion

Tom Clynes, Popular Science


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“Propulsion,” the nine-year-old says as he leads his dad through the gates of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “I just want to see the propulsion stuff.”

A young woman guides their group toward a full-scale replica of the massive Saturn V rocket that brought America to the moon. As they duck under the exhaust nozzles, Kenneth Wilson glances at his awestruck boy and feels his burden beginning to lighten. For a few minutes, at least, someone else will feed his son’s boundless appetite for knowledge.

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TAGGED: Uranium Enrichment, Nuclear Energy, Fusion Energy, Fukushima, Popular Science

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