As I am driving thru Oakridge, Tn – I see atomic symbols everywhere – so my interest is peaked. Following signs to the Y-12 museum – I have to investigate what this unusual atomic symbol is with the name of Y-12. I learn Y-12 is a national security complex tucked away and rarely heard and the small museum is a wealth of interest to a physicist and history buffs.
Y-12 itself is a National security complex with three primary national security missions that protect our country. They maintain the US nuclear Stockpile, reduce global threats, and fuel the US Nuclear Navy.
The museum show cases instruments and stories of Radioactive history. My favorite part of this museum is this newspaper article. This is the site the Atomic Bomb was made! For some reason… Manhattan Project, made me think the WW2 Bomb was made in NY, but nope, it was made here.
A few more interesting pictures to share:
A “Moon Box” manufacturered here at Y-12 that was used Moon lunar geological samples to Earth.
Sample badges and ID for Y-12 workers, looks just like the badges I recall from Manhattan project workers, although these are just samples.
Interesting side trip for a Radioactive Geek Girl!