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Sorry, I don't have a scanner but there's a photo on page 7 of Secret Gadgets and Strange Gizmos by Bill Yenne that shows an ion engine. The caption reads: "The three technicians shown here in protective clothing have just emerged from cleaning in the residual toxic mercury atmosphere within the seventy-foot [more like twelve foot] structure seen in the center. The toxic mercury remained after ion-engine testing. The photograph was taken in the 1960s at the Lewis Research Center's Electric Propulsion Laboratory (since renamed the John H. Glenn Reseach Center) in Cleveland, Ohio. NASA

So, what happened to this saucer shaped device?




Thanks in advance,
Ed
 
Found a picture:


http://www.nasaimages.org/luna/servlet/detail/nasaNAS~5~5~20107~125285:Flying-Saucer





Ed
 
The caption says that it is not a device, it is the top of the chamber. If the chamber still exists, presumably the dome is still there. However, I seem to remember that there was some environmental cleanup at the center years ago involving removing old facilities. I don't remember anything more than that, but Lewis ran several projects that were not very environmentally friendly and probably left equipment that had to be carefully removed.
 
Sorry I couldn't help more than that. However, you might try doing some searches under "Lewis Research Center" or "Glenn Research Center" and "environmental cleanup" or "environmental remediation." It might give you some clues as to what facilities were cleaned up and when, and how.
 
It would have been a better book if the author mentioned that the photo showed the top of a storage tank.




Regards,
Ed
 
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