ANS Nuclear Cafe Friday Matinee - SNAP-10A in Space!

April 24, 2020, 4:12PMANS Nuclear CafeWill Davis


With talk of the Coronavirus permeating every outlet and venue it might be good to take, at least shortly, a simple side trip for the purpose of distraction.  And that side trip today is a look at an official AEC film documenting "The First Nuclear Reactor In Space: SNAP 10A."

This 1965 film, running just under 15 minutes, gives a description of the specific mission of the SNAP 10A launched into space but also manages to cover the history of the SNAP 10A reactor system. We also get a rare bonus appearance by the legendary Glenn Seaborg, Chairman of the US Atomic Energy Commission.

Enjoy the movie, and stay safe, everyone!