Ridley Scott’s AMC Miniseries - to be about a rocket pioneer

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Tripoli 2747
Jan 18, 2009
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Central Viginia - USA
Well, this will be interesting:

- He used to shoot model rockets in the desert with his high school buddies.
- At Caltech his rocketry group blew up the lab, earning them the nickname "the suicide squad".
- He helped found JPL - the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena Califorinia.
- He helped invent stable solid fuels and the JATO unit, leading to a big contract with the USArmy in WWII.
- One of his early protégés at JPL was Hsue-Shen Tsien (later Qian Xuesen), who later developed the dynamic soaring technique for the Dynasoar X-20, but unfortunately was investigated during the McCarthy era and was sent back to China, whereupon he helped the Chicoms develop their space program.
- He was seriously into the occult, as was his artist wife, who he summoned up in a bizarre ritual with one of his bohemian tenants, one L. Ron Hubbard, who stole his girlfriend and swindled him out of his life savings, before founding Scientology.
- He died from a fuming mercury explosion in his home lab - some suspected it was an assassination.
- there is a crater on the moon named after him...appropriately, it is on the dark side of the moon.

His name...Jack Parsons.
Yes....THAT Jack Parsons, notorious as he was.

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