A New Magnet Powerful Enough to Lift an Aircraft Carrier

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A central solenoid magnet for the ITER project departs from Berre-l’Etang in southern France, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. The first part of a massive magnet so strong its American manufacturer claims it can lift an aircraft carrier arrived Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 at a high-security site in southern France, where scientists hope it will help them build a ‘sun on earth.’ Almost 60-feet tall and 14 feet in diameter when fully assembled, the magnet is a crucial component of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER, a 35-nation effort to develop an abundant and safe source of nuclear energy for future generations.
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BIG Magnet: Teams working on two continents have marked similar milestones in their respective efforts to tap an energy source key to the fight against climate change: They’ve each produced very impressive magnets. Scientists at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in southern France took delivery of the first part of a massive magnet so strong its American manufacturer claims it can lift an aircraft carrier. Almost 60 feet (nearly 20 meters) tall and 14 feet (more than four meters) in diameter when fully assembled, the magnet is a crucial component in the attempt by 35 nations to master nuclear fusion. Full story Miami Herald

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Workers secure a central solenoid magnet for the ITER project as it departs from Berre-l’Etang in southern France, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. The first part of a massive magnet so strong its American manufacturer claims it can lift an aircraft carrier arrived Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 at a high-security site in southern France, where scientists hope it will help them build a ‘sun on earth.’ Almost 60-feet tall and 14 feet in diameter when fully assembled, the magnet is a crucial component of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER, a 35-nation effort to develop an abundant and safe source of nuclear energy for future generations. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole) DANIEL COLE AP
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A worker walks past a vacuum vessel component of the ITER machine in Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance, France, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Scientists at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in southern France took delivery of the first part of a massive magnet so strong its American manufacturer claims it can lift an aircraft carrier. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole) DANIEL COLE AP

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