Space History Photo: Bill Fecych Shutting Down the Reactor

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Employees witness the unexpected shut down of the Plum Brook reactor. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, Bill Fecych shut down the reactor for the last time on 5 January 1973, as Dale McCutheon, Dan Gardner, George Gowan, and others looked on.

Employees had gathered in the Plum Brook auditorium for an announcement by Lewis Center Director Bruce Lundin, little expecting to hear the news that Plum Brook would be closed. Two hours later, stunned employees crowded into the reactor control room and just after 2 p.m., witnessed the final shutdown of the Plum Brook reactor.

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