National Geographic : 1958 Jun
United l'ress Symbol of Nuclear Energy for Peace, the Atomium Towers Above the Fair At the heart of the Brussels Fair this 335-foot structure awes visitors by its gleaming immen sity. It represents a crystal of metal magnified 150 billion times. An elevator and escalators within the tubes lead to atomic exhibits and to a restaurant in the topmost "atom," which holds 250 on three floors. Cars dangling from cables traverse the fairgrounds. After dark lights flicker on the atomium's nine 59-foot aluminum spheres to simulate restless electrons. Changing colors splash on the watery steps below. Half a mile away rises the United States pavilion, world's largest free-span circular 798 building, 340 feet across. Exhibits reflect the Nation's colorful past and present.