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In the grand denouement the rocket plans are about to leave on a plane for Germany when the scientists knock out the pilot and grab back the blueprints. The plans are burned and their rocket prototype is fired into the air to be lost forever.

Parsons and Malina worked on the story every Monday night for at least a year before sending it to MGM. Nevertheless the story proved to be a strangely prophetic piece of work.

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Similarly a character in the story with strong occult interests is killed in an explosion, just as Parsons would be in While Hollywood did not come to their financial rescue, Malina and Parsons would eventually receive funding from the US Army, a mixed blessing for the pacifist duo. However with that money they enlarged their experiments and founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL , what is now the leading center in the world for the robotic exploration of the solar system.

Once scornful professors lined up to build rockets with him and Parsons.

Eighty-one years after Malina and Parsons first tried to interest Hollywood in their story, Hollywood is finally getting the message. Learn more about George Pendle at www. The Futon Critic.


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Retrieved January 17, Retrieved February 13, Retrieved February 16, Retrieved March 1, Retrieved March 28, Retrieved April 4, Retrieved April 23, His 'freewheeling brain' would later take the credit for his groundbreaking scientific work, for, despite being denied formal scientific education on grounds of financial constraints, Parsons succeeded in turning his dreams into reality as a member of the three-man California Institute of Technology's rocket research group.

George Pendle, with his graceful, measured prose, describes a handsome man of charm and intellect, revered for his musical and literary tastes.

His affable humour and 'profound inability to say no' are warmly recalled by acquaintances. The author skilfully steers us through the quagmire of Parsons's personal life to place him on the pedestal that he deserves, so that we may admire his remarkable legacy to modern rocket science.

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