The First Pile Painting

Chicago Pile One Painting

An architect's drawing of the first pile (reactor), Chicago Pile One, Stagg Field, University of Chicago

This drawing depicts the historic December 2, 1942, event -- the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

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