Atomic Dream

Runtime26 minutes

In 1958, theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson became a lead scientist on a team that ventured to launch a 5,000-ton spaceship to Mars almost a decade before man had walked on the moon. Dyson believed that he himself would be space bound, heading through the Milky Way, by 1970. We learn about Dyson through a period in his life that he calls his happiest — working on Project Orion to design a nuclear bomb-propelled, interplanetary spaceship. In 1961, as his worries about nuclear fallout grew, Dyson had to decide if he would support the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, effectively signing a death sentence for Project Orion and ending his dreams of traveling the solar system.

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