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Snake-Like Probe to Get Deepest View Yet Into Damaged Fukushima Reactor

Snake-Like Probe to Get Deepest View Yet Into Damaged Fukushima Reactor
From Gizmodo - December 22, 2017

A new probe designed specifically to take a deep view of a damaged nuclear reactor at the Fukushima plant was unveiled by Toshiba earlier today. Regrettably, it looks too cute to die.

As the Associated Press reports, Toshibas energy systems unit developed the 42-foot-long, snake-like probe with help from the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning. The contraption consists of a long telescopic pipe with a pan-tilt camera affixed at the front.It was unveiled to reporters earlier today.

The device will be used to explore Fukushimas highly radioactive Unit 2 primary containment vessel, where the extent of melted fuel damage is still not completely known. Its designed to provide clean-up officials with a deep view of the damaged reactor. Details are thin, but based on the photos it looks like a remotely operated vehicle will be used to push the probe forward into the containment vessel. Once inside, the face-like, two-eyed pan-tilt camera will look around for signs of melted fuel. It has no mouth, so we wont be able to hear it scream.

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