The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, TN is proud to host the premiere of the guided video tour of the historic Calutron buildings 9731 and 9204 (Beta 3). Building 9731 was the pilot facility for the electromagnetic separation process of U-235 and U-238, and the first building completed on the Y-12 site in 1943. Beta 3 was one of the nine large buildings used to host the calutrons.
Electromagnetic separation had never been attempted at an industrial scale. However, the Manhattan Project required the Oak Ridge facilities to produce the uranium isotopes in the hopes of drawing World War II to a close. Decades later, this monumental research has been the foundation of countless innovations for medical, technological, military, and industrial development.
The videos about these historic buildings were produced under the direction of Larry Gibbs and Y-12 Video Services and feature former Y-12 Historian Ray Smith. Although neither facility is available for public tours, the inclusion and preservation of Buildings 9731 and Beta 3 as a part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is an assurance that this valuable legacy will be preserved for generations to come.
The video preview is on display within AMSE’s Exploration Zone and available for viewing with standard museum admission. The American Museum of Science and Energy is open seven days a week; hours, admission rates, and special events are available on the web at amse.org.
For further information, please contact the museum at 865-294-5431 or Marketing Specialist Matt Mullins at 865-387-1791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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