Detail View: NASA Great Images in Nasa Collection: NACA Physicist Studying Alpha Rays

Title: 
NACA Physicist Studying Alpha Rays
Full Description: 
NACA Physicits studying Alpha Rays in a continuous cloud chamber. A cloud chamber is used by Lewis scientists to obtain information aimed at minimizing undesirable effects of radiation on nuclear-powered aircraft components. Here, alpha particles from a polonium source emit in a flower-like pattern at the cloud chamber's center. The particles are made visible by means of alcohol vapor diffusing from an area at room temperature to an area at minus -78 deg. Centigrade. Nuclear-powered aircraft were never developed and aircraft nuclear propulsion systems were canceled in the early 1960s.
Date: 
09/12/1957
NASA Center: 
Glenn Research Center
Subject Category: 
Aircraft Propulsion
Keywords: 
Aircraft
Audience: 
General Public
facet_what: 
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)
facet_where: 
Glenn Research Center (GRC)
facet_when: 
09-12-1957
facet_when_year: 
1957
Image #: 
C1957-45925
original url: 
http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-000381.html
UID: 
SPD-GRIN-GPN-2000-000381
Center: 
GRC
Center Number: 
C1957-45925
GRIN DataBase Number: 
GPN-2000-000381
Creator-Photographer: 
Bill Bowles
Original Source: 
DIGITAL