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This rare photo was snapped by Reuters photographer Ruben Sprich during a yearly inspection of the Muehleberg nuclear power station in Switzerland. The cosmic blue glow is a result of Cherenkov radiation, an electromagnetic radiation seen in reactors.

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The Last Days of the Nuclear Shuttle (1971)

Mockup of a NERVA nuclear rocket engine. The drum-shaped pressure vessel bearing the NERVA label represents the nuclear reactor, on top of which is mounted the shadow shield for reducing crew radiation exposure. Image: Atomic Energy Commission

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Diagram of Thorium, an alternative fissionable element suitable for nuclear energy production.

Diagram of Thorium, an alternative fissionable element suitable for nuclear energy production.

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Chernobyl Then and Now. A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

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