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  • Cryoplant | Filled from floor to ceiling

    The ITER cryoplant used to be a vast echoey chamber with 5,400 m² of interior space divided into two areas; now, it is filled from floor to ceiling with industr [...]

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  • Cryostat | Adjusting, welding, testing ...

    The assembly of the ITER cryostat—the stainless steel "thermos" that insulates the ultra-cold superconducting magnets from the environment—is progress [...]

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  • Tokamak Building | Full steam ahead

    In this central arena of the construction site, construction teams are active three shifts a day—two full work shifts and a third, at night, dedicated to moving [...]

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  • Poloidal field coils | Turning tables and hot resin

    One of only two manufacturing facilities located on the ITER site, the Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility was constructed by Europe to house the winding, imp [...]

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  • Assembly Hall | One giant standing

    Two identical handling tools in the Assembly Hall will play a critical role in preparing ITER's nine vacuum vessel sectors for their final journey: transport by [...]

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Of Interest

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Billions and billions of fusion furnaces



In the observable Universe, most of the matter is in a state of fusion.

At the core of billions and billions of stars (a few hundred thousand billion in our Milky Way alone!) hydrogen nuclei are patiently transformed into helium, inundating their environment with light and energy.

Based on the largest image of the Andromeda Galaxy ever made — so large that it would require 600 large-screen HDTVs to view it in real size — the video that NASA released a few days ago shows just a few (a mere hundred million) of these blazing fusion furnaces.




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