Why did allied soldiers in World War Two embark on a dangerous mission to stop the Nazis using heavy water?
- Atoms that have the same number of protons and electrons but different numbers of neutrons are called isotopes.
- Hydrogen has two isotopes, deuterium has 1 neutron and tritium has 2 neutrons.
- Deuterium atoms have more mass than normal hydrogen atoms.
- Deuterium is used to produce heavy water, which is essential in the production of nuclear bombs.
In the dead of night, a team of Norwegian commandos parachuted into Nazi-occupied Norway. And into one of the harshest terrains on our planet.
They were attempting one of the most audacious sabotage missions of the second world war, all because of what was being made here.
Vemork Factory, Norway
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