Chernobyl: If A Robot Can Make It Here...

It's the ultimate proving ground for ultratough robots

It's called "nuclear lava." Fortunately, the hellish stuff exists in only one place: Chernobyl. After the No.4 nuclear reactor blew its top on Apr. 26, 1986, tons of scorching nuke fuel oozed from room to room, consuming cement, melting steel pipes, and contaminating everything in its path. With time, the mess cooled and congealed. Today, a floor of rock-hard, radioactive lava marks history's worst nuclear accident.

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