A Hungarian immigrant who speaks several languages, I am a birder (birdwatcher to you laymen), in Los Angeles. I spent years working the weekends in a local emergency room, where I x-rayed rude drunk people, kids who fell off their bikes, and people who have had heart attacks. You will never catch me without my binoculars, a Swiss Army Knife, compass, and a flashlight. When I'm not birding, I write fiction.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Albuquerque Day 4
Finally, we did something interesting, today! That's why there are no blog entries for Monday and Tuesday.
I need to go back, and post some more of my photos that I took on Sunday. It just takes a long time to upload each picture, because they require a lot of MegaBytes, and Blogger's server is slow.
Fat Man was your basic atomic bomb where you slammed 2 pieces of subcritical Uranium 235 into each other at high speed, and their combined mass went critical so fast that the fission reaction went out of control.
In other words, it went "boom".
Little Boy's design was more complicated: they had a single lump of Plutonium 239 that was surrounded symmetrically on all sides by high explosives. When they got all of the explosives to go off at exactly the same time--down to the last millionth of a second--the lump of Plutonium got compressed inward to the point that it went critical.
The museum does dedicate part of its exhibit to the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It also starts the exhibit with a display of 1930s and 40s era Japanese Army radios, rifles, and "Samurai" swords (actually, they're officers' swords).
They also have exhibits about the positive uses of radioactive materials.
This is a patient getting a nuclear medicine scan.
Here's a depressing thought: I know how to operate this scanner on display.
That's how long I've been a nuclear medicine technologist.
Hey, this is cool: This is Hal Anger's ORIGINAL gamma camera!
This is the original nuclear medicine scanner. Wow.
I need to find out why they have this small Navy aircraft carrier jet plane on display.
They also have a B-52 on display in the back.
My friend Tony Maldonado was one of the last tail gunners in the back of a B-52 bomber.