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The American Rocketeer (NASA Documentary)

The American Rocketeer (NASA Documentary)

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The GALCIT rocket launchers are taking a break from building their experimental rocket motor at Arroyo Seco. Left to right: Rudolph Schott, Apollo MO Smith, Frank Malina, Edward Forman, Jack Parsons. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The American Rocketeer tells the story of the beginnings of the world’s first center for the study of the solar system and beyond: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It is also the story of a man reaching for the stars. The central character in this 90-minute documentary is Frank Malina, whose pivotal role in the development of American missile technology is largely unknown and uncelebrated.

An idealistic California Institute of Technology (Caltech) graduate student in the midst of the Great Depression, Malina agreed to lead a motley crew of amateur rocket enthusiasts and other Caltech students trying to launch rockets in hopes of one day reaching outer space to reach. This led to rockets being built for the US Army during World War II. Malina helped win a world war only to later see his country turn against him and declare him an international refugee. Throughout all of this he kept meticulous records, hoping to secure his pioneering role in American rocketry.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is widely recognized for its pioneering role in space exploration, and the JPL and the Space Age documentary series invites viewers to relive those early adventures through rare archival footage and interviews with many of JPL’s pioneering engineers and scientists to experience once. Photo credit: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The American Rocketeer is the story of the early days of JPL, the world’s premier center for the study of the solar system and beyond. It is also the story of a man reaching for the stars.

The central character in this episode is Frank Malina, whose pivotal role in the development of American rocketry is largely unknown and uncelebrated. An idealistic Caltech graduate student in the midst of the Great Depression, Malina agreed to lead a ragtag group of amateur rocket enthusiasts and other Caltech students trying to launch rockets with hopes of one day reaching space. This led to rockets being built for the US Army during World War II. Malina helped win a world war only to later see his country turn against him and declare him an international refugee. He kept meticulous records, hoping to secure his pioneering role in American missile technology.

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