Model of Israel's nuclear reactor core opens to public

Thursday, July 04, 2013 |  Yossi Aloni

Israeli President Shimon Peres last week inaugurated a new science park in the southern city of Beersheva. The highlight of any visit to the park is a model of Israel's nuclear reactor core in the nearby desert town of Dimona.

The exhibit is the first public display of Israeli nuclear technology.

The sprawling science park covers an area of 17 acres, and features spectacular exhibits where children of all ages can play and learn about the scientific inventions, discoveries and developments that Israel has been a part of.

Students from schools across southern Israel will start to add a visit to the Beersheva science park to their regular curriculum.

The nuclear exhibit, put together by the Atomic Energy Commission, the Nuclear Research Center of the Negev and the Soreq Nuclear Research Center, is designed to remove fears of nuclear radiation, and provide a closer look at how Israel's nuclear reactor works as well as the "secrets of the atom."

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