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Swiss photographer Luca Zanier sees the artistic in the industrial. As part of an interest in space and energy, he visited ITER in July 2019 and captured this shot of one of ITER's two 800-tonne vacuum vessel assembly tools (from below). "Strange worlds emanating a cool logic" is how he describes his interest the technical universe of industrial plants. See more at www.zanier.ch. © Luca Zanier
04 November 2019Download
The national air display team, the Patrouille de France, performed a double flyover of the neighbouring CEA-Cadarache in October to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the nuclear research centre's creation. There was a front-row view from the ITER site...
14 October 2019Download
At the height of the heat wave, in late June, surface temperature on the ITER worksite climbed to the 50 °C range. To continue work—and protect workers—a series of measures was implemented: the morning shifts began earlier, longer pauses were granted, cool mist vaporizers were installed, and... parasols made an appearance.
30 June 2019Download
A perfect sky is framed by the puffy white cocoon of the cryostat lower cylinder. ITER photographer Robert Arnoux had to lie on his back and wait for just the right clouds to capture this photo.
25 May 2019Download
The flags of the seven ITER Members--China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States--fly over the worksite on a cold, crisp day in January.
30 January 2019Download
Of the 40 openings in the bioshield there is one in this photo that seems to frame—and illuminate—the work underway.
19 August 2018Download
After weeks of perfectly azure skies, ITER presents itself in a ... more subdued colour range.
09 August 2018Download
The ITER site, where nearly 2,000 workers are active in March 2018. A similar photo was posted to this gallery in March 2015—try comparing them! (Hint: use the cranes as fixed reference points.)
19 March 2018Download
On five floors at ITER Headquarters, designers are designing, engineers are engineering and project managers are managing ... in English, even though approximately 30 languages are spoken at home by staff members.
02 February 2018Download
Compiled from a series of photos, this view shows the sun setting over the ITER worksite in December. Photo: ITER Organization/EJF Riche
08 December 2017Download
Night falls early in December on the snow-tipped ITER construction platform. Photo: ITER Organization/EJF Riche
07 December 2017Download
A long stretch of hot and dry weather in the southeast of France has resulted in a particularly high risk of brush fire. In late July, following several days of high wind, firefighters battled outbreaks in several zones near ITER. The resulting smoke was visible from the ITER offices.
24 July 2017Download
The seven flags of the ITER Members—and one for the ITER Organization—fly proudly over the construction site in Saint Paul-lez-Durance, France.
20 April 2017Download
The Sun seems to recognize its kin in ITER, turning the ITER Assembly Hall into a perfect copy of its yellow and orange flames one evening as it sets in March.
10 March 2017Download
The sun setting in the west is reflected on the metal cladding of the Assembly Hall. The first ground-level walls of the Tokamak Complex are now visible (at left). Photo: ITER Organization/EJF Riche
12 January 2017Download
In January, ITER contractor Emmanuel Riche spent a couple of days capturing the construction site from above. His photos and videos will be made available on the ITER website and in the new 360° tour that can be accessed from our homepage.
12 January 2017Download
The International Space Station is captured in its flight over ITER on 8 December 2016 (see the white streak to the left of the crane in the centre of the image). The astronauts on board—one French, three Russians, two Americans—probably didn't know that 400 km below, their compatriots are working together on another of humanity's grand challenges.
08 December 2016Download
The 2016 "super moon" rises over ITER Headquarters on 14 November.
14 November 2016Download
The early light is reflected in the tallest ITER building, in this shot taken from the cornfields of Vinon-sur-Verdon.
06 October 2016Download
The giant red crawler crane was temporarily installed on site in June to lift the elements of the Assembly Hall travelling cranes into place. Here today, gone tomorrow ...
14 June 2016Download
A fabulous rainbow appears over the ITER site on 7 June after a brief, but powerful thunderstorm. Photo courtesy of Riccardo Pedica.
07 June 2016Download
Spring has appeared on the ITER site, with green and yellow sprouting in the surrounding hills and along the platform's embankments.
12 April 2016Download
This little drone seen on (and over) the site in early April carries the promise of a new series of high-res aerial photos ...
11 April 2016Download
Taken with a powerful telephoto lens, this photo makes the French Alps look tantalizingly close.
08 March 2016Download
The ITER worksite scintillates on a clear and cold November evening. ©Christophe Roux - CEA/IRFM
27 November 2015Download
German photographer Christian Luenig visits the construction site a second time and leaves us with a number of artistic photographic impressions of the ITER worksite. Photo: Christian Lünig/ VG Bild und Kunst
07 November 2015Download
The flags of the seven ITER Members have recently joined those of the ITER Organization and the European Domestic Agency over the Tokamak Complex worksite.
11 September 2015Download
Early September, an optical phenomenon known as a "sun dog" is captured near the ITER site. This atmospheric event, caused by the refraction of light from ice crystals, produces a smaller sun to the left and right of the real orb. Pictured: the right-hand sun dog.
03 September 2015Download
Can you see the ITER construction site? This shot was taken from the window of a commercial jetliner in June 2015.
28 June 2015Download
Taken on the day of the partial eclipse of the Sun—20 March 2015—this panorama shows work underway on the ITER facility. Some 1,000 workers will soon be active on site.
20 March 2015Download
A few days a year it happens in Provence—ranging from just a dusting to 5-6 centimetres. Snow!
04 February 2015Download
Looking toward the snow-capped Alpes on a winter day.
02 February 2015Download
The Tokamak Complex cranes viewed from the site of the future logistics platform.
18 December 2014Download
Protected from the wind, heated by the sun reflecting off the ground-floor bay windows, the irises at ITER Headquarters are flowering ... in December.
02 December 2014Download
Four of five cranes are now in place around the Tokamak Complex worksite, where work begins in November on the basement-level walls.
18 November 2014Download
On a November evening, under a purple sky, all the platform is aglow...
13 November 2014Download
Section by section, the largest crane is assembled on the worksite.
01 October 2014Download
Although it looks like it could come straight out of a science fiction movie, this picture captures a rather run-of-the-mill activity: brush-cutting on the hill behind the Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility.
04 September 2014Download
For the past few days in southern France, cold air descending from Iceland has been colliding with hot air ascending from the Sahara desert. As a consequence the weather in Provence has turned quite nasty with several episodes of violent rainfalls sometimes accompanied by hailstorms. On 4 July, a strong gale blowing from the south caused a small dust storm on the ITER site. Flags had to be lowered and stored in haste and, as it was becoming quite dangerous to use the doors of Headquarters, staff was advised not to leave the building until the storm abated.
04 July 2014Download
The ITER cherry trees, planted around Headquarters at time of the building's completion, have become productive. In Provence, cherry trees attain their maximum production between 12 and 25 years of age—the very period during which the ITER fusion experiments will be bearing fruit ...
12 May 2014Download
The ITER construction site, seen from the small country road leading to the village of Ginasservis.
24 January 2014Download
A frosty early morning scene showing the status of ITER construction at the end of 2013. In 2014, the walls of the Tokamak Complex will begin to rise.
11 December 2013Download
Past the frame of the Cryostat Workshop, 27 metres tall, the hills of Haute Provence shimmer in green and blue.
06 November 2013Download
On the northwest side of the ITER Headquarters, the architect's signature slats ondulate across the facade. On a brilliant autumn day, they seem to shimmer.
12 October 2013Download
Early on 6 September 2013, before the arrival of the delegations to the ITER Council Ministerial-Level Meeting, the lobby is dressed with flags and a red carpet.
06 September 2013Download
A bolt of lightning over the ITER site is captured in July 2013. Lightning is a high current electric discharge in the air that generates a ramified column of plasma. This specific bolt might have been looking for its kindred—the plasma that will be created within the ITER vacuum vessel. The place was right but the time ... some seven years too early.
15 July 2013Download
On the eastern corner of the platform, spring flowers are showing their colours. As the Winding Facility (red) waits patiently, work has started on a temporary workshop for the cryostat under the Indian Domestic Agency. In this on-site workshop the main sections of the ITER cryostat will be assembled from 54 smaller segments.
29 May 2013Download
Six rows of grapevines adorn the grassy slope near the entrance of ITER Headquarters. Landscapers have also planted cherry, almond, fig and pear trees. We should expect First Fruit late in the summer of 2013 ... some seven years before First Plasma.
22 May 2013Download
In May, the Tokamak Pit is transformed ... its pleasing geometric patterns of seismic pillars replaced by propping and formwork for the next stage works: creating the concrete basemat for the Tokamak Complex. Photo: F4E
07 May 2013Download
The seismic columns and pads are already taller than the average person, but late in the day their height seems magnified.
07 February 2013Download
ITER Member flags, displayed at the entrance to the recently inaugurated ITER Headquarters building.
04 February 2013Download
The view from the fifth floor of the ITER Headquarters building, looking northwest. (Click to open the full panorama to avoid blurriness.)
28 January 2013Download
A new ITER Headquarters name plaque stands at the entrance, following the building's inauguration in January 2013.
17 January 2013Download
Taken from a height of 40 metres, this panoramic shot of the ITER site stretches from the worksite guard post on the left all the way to the cooling basins on the right. © Sylvain Couturier (Click to open the full panorama to avoid blurriness.)
17 December 2012Download
The sun rises in late December 2012 over the Tokamak Pit. Late 2013, civil work will begin on the 360,000-tonne, three-building Tokamak Complex.
15 December 2012Download
It's not often that it snows in Provence, but on Friday 7 December 2012, due to exceptional weather conditions, the work on the site is halted early.
07 December 2012Download
In the sweep of an eye, it's possible to take in the four building projects of the ITER site: the Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility in red (completed); Assembly Building foundation work (cranes); the Tokamak Complex Seismic Pit (completed); and the ITER Headquarters on the far end of the platform (completed).
13 September 2012Download
Bringing the 400kV power line over the hill from Cadarache to the ITER site will take 12 pylons like this, covering a distance of six kilometres.
02 February 2012Download
An artist's view of the ITER scientific facilities with, on the left, the Headquarters Building. Photo: ENGAGE
15 June 2010Download
A bit of landscaping around the ITER Headquarters makes the temporary building a little more welcoming.
08 September 2009Download
Staff assemble in May 2009 on the exact spot of the future ITER Tokamak for a historic staff picture, taken by crane. Over 400 people work directly for the ITER Organization.
23 May 2009Download
During the pause between site preparation activities and building construction, the ITER platform looks flat enough to roller skate on.
12 May 2009Download
A panoramic view of the ITER site in April 2009, as levelling activities come to an end. (Click to open the full panorama to avoid blurriness.)
15 April 2009Download
Over the nearly completed ITER platform, a late-day rainbow ...
09 February 2009Download
An exceptional event in Provence, the snowstorm in January 2009 made access to the ITER site difficult for three days.
06 January 2009Download
At the 2008 entrance to the ITER site, visitors are greeted by the ITER logo: "The way to new energy."
19 November 2008Download
In November 2008, the temporary ITER Headquarters is (nearly) ready to receive 300 ITER employees.
16 November 2008Download
The innovative design of the ITER Headquarters was conceived by local architects Ricciotti and Bonhomme, who also designed the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur International School in Manosque that was completed in 2010. Photo: RicciottiDownload
An artist's impression of what ITER will look like. The large orange building in the centre is the Tokamak hall, the long building at the top is the Winding Facility for the Poloidal Field Coils.Download
The Tokamak Building will be the core of ITER, where fusion experiments are planned to begin in November 2020. The reinforced, six-storey concrete structure will be 73 metres high (13 metres below the platform level and 60 metres above).Download
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