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  • Lower cylinder | A transfer that felt like art

    Art has little to do with the transfer of a giant component. On Monday however, as ITER was preparing to celebrate Leonardo da Vinci's 500th anniversary, scienc [...]

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  • Event | ITER in Da Vinci mode

    'The most noble pleasure is the joy of understanding.' Written more than 500 years ago in the private journal of Leonardo da Vinci, these words still felt timel [...]

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  • Image of the week | When the Pit inspires an artist

    On a Sunday morning, when all is silent and still on the ITER platform, an eerie dimension is added to the Tokamak Pit. Hidden eyes seem to peer through the [...]

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  • Leonardo and innovation | In the steps of a giant

    To the members of a panel on innovation and Italian leadership, the moderator had one question: how do you see Leonardo da Vinci's scientific method—a systemati [...]

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  • Image of the week | Sandblasting

    Whether at home or in a nuclear installation, a painting job begins with surface preparation. In the ITER Tokamak Pit, close to 3,000 square metres of wall need [...]

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Blending (almost) seamlessly into the landscape

Located in the foothills of the French Pre-Alps, the ITER installation blends almost seamlessly into the landscape. The architects' choice of mirror-like steel cladding for the main buildings of the installation has proved efficient—contrary to the other structures in this image, the massive ITER Assembly Hall seems to fade into its surroundings.

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Taken with a powerful telephoto lens, the image reveals the beauty of the snow-capped mountains, which rise some 2,000 metres at a distance of 60 kilometres.

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A comparison with the photograph above, taken from the very same spot one year (to the day!) earlier, highlights the progress accomplished on the ITER site. In early March 2016, the cladding on the Assembly Hall was far from complete and the vast building was still empty.

Today the main and auxiliary cranes have been installed and finishing works are underway on the building's interior, where the first large assembly tool will be erected in a six-month long operation that will begin this summer.


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