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Atomic Wonderland: SNAP Back

Most everyone knows the story of Apollo 13, and the dire predicament Tom Hanks and those other 2 guys astronauts James LovellJohn Swigert, and Fred Haise found themselves in. NASA had one other minor issue to content with, one that involved the watchful eye of an Atomic Energy Commission representative. The Apollo missions 12-17* all carried with them a Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG), to generate electrical power to conduct experiments. What exactly is a RTG you might ask? In simple terms, it is an atomic-powered electric generator that obtains heat for power generation from radioactive decay. The lunar module (LM) had a full fuel cask of Plutonium 238 atached to one of its legs, and it was going to be returning to Earth with the astronauts.

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