used mainly for the testing and development of Liquid-propellant rocket engines for the United States space program from 1949 to 2006, nuclear reactors from 1953 to 1980 and the operation of a U.S. Government-sponsored liquid metals research center from 1966 to 1998.[
Original Rocketdyne Clean Up Coalition
Rocketdyne Archives....a lot of cool pics
|Courtesy USC Digital Library: Photograph of a view of the Rocketdyne Field Laboratory in the Santa Monica Mountains, [s.d.]. The laboratory is set into a large valley and consists of several large metal structures. Two tall metal scaffolding structures with cranes on top can be seen, while several tanks can be seen on the rocky ground. A collection of relatively small buildings can be seen in the shadow of a large rock at center. The tops of several mountains are visible in the distance.|
Courtesy USC Digital Library: Photograph of "Battleship" tanks, which simulate the configuration of an atlas ICBM, feeding propellants to the engine being test fired, ca.1955. In the left, a large tower can be seen exposing five platforms with staircases, pipes and a rail surrounding each one. Its highest point is formed by a cylinder-shaped machinery(?) with two circular balconies surrounding its top area. In the left, by the bottom of the tower, different tones of smoke (steam?) are being ejected from the tower¿s pipes and from underneath it.