HOST or HOSTESS: On the Carousel of Progress
you traveled with us from the past to the present and you saw
how rapidity electricity has brought greater comfort and convenience
into all of our lives. In our next presentation, Skydome Spectacular,
you will see the never-ending story of man's search for new sources
of energy. Then you will witness the new source of energy:
The most powerful
forces of nature are found within the atom. Scientists have already
learned to harness the power of nuclear fission which
is the splitting of atoms. Today, around the world, General Electric
scientists are putting this energy to use. But there is an even
more powerful source of energy than fission. It is the joining-together
of atoms, or nuclear fusion. Here is limitless energy.
And here, in essence, is what you'll be seeing downstairs in
our nuclear fusion experiment.
Our next presentation,
the Skydome Spectacular, is a preface to the fusion experiment
and will be told to you on the interior dome of our building
which is over 200 feet in diameter. When you enter our viewing
terrace, you lean back, look up. The show is on the ceiling.
From there, you'll
walk down a stationary circular ramp to our nuclear fusion experiment.
Then you will enter Medallion City which is free-flow. If you
move all the way forward please. Stay behind the light of your
hostess as you enter our next attraction through any of the doors
on the left-hand side.
On the Viewing Terrace for the Skydome Spectacular
Voice of Narrator: A flash of lightning. Raw
energy. Uncontrollable. A source of fear and yet a challenge.
One that has sparked man's quest to harness and to use the turbulent
power of nature.
A flash of lightning
and a flicker of fire. Fire that spread and changed the world
as man put nature's energy to work for him. He unlocked the energy
of wood and coal and made his own fire. He boiled water and mastered
the mighty muscles of steam. And then, with great turbine generators,
he transformed steam into the substance of thunderbolts. He made
electricity, man's strongest, most faithful servant whose tireless
hands have carved a vast new world.
Yet today man taps
far greater energies -- new ways to create electric power. The
atom. Energy stored in the heart of matter. Now man has learned
to split the atom; to harness atomic fission. Today and tomorrow,
throughout the world, atomic power plants will generate vast
quantities of electric energy for our modern cities, industries,
homes and farms.
But now man dreams
of making power by joining atoms together. He looks up at the
nuclear storm in space, the sun, where atoms joining together
-- fusing -- are creating energy so boundless it staggers the
imagination. Here is the challenge of the future. Nuclear fusion.
If man could create and control his own sun power he could produce
a limitless supply of energy. Today this goal is on a distant
horizon. But scientists in government and industry have taken
the first steps. And you are about to see a demonstration of
actual equipment used by General Electric scientists to study
controlled nuclear fusion. The dream that may wake up tomorrow.