It’s a snap… To produce electricity from polonium-210 in a tiny atomic generator. The model shown here is still going strong after a full year of operation. And it has survived impact, vibration, and acceleration tests (requirements for space exploration) without damage, says its designer, The Martin Co. SNAP—system of nuclear auxiliary power—converts heat of radioactive decay into electricity by a series of thermocouples.

Chemical & Engineering News, January 25, 1960

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