Frank Malina, Theodore von Karman, Jack Parsons and Tsien Hsue-Shen are among the men cast the story of the beginnings of JPL. In a new documentary by Blaine Baggett called “American Rocketeer” the story is told of this group and the beginnings of JPL.
“The 90-minute “American Rocketeer” tells the little-known and controversial story of Frank Malina, who was a Caltech graduate student studying aviation engineering in the 1930s when two young men wanting to build rockets approached him. He agreed to team up, having no idea of what that decision would mean to his life, to Caltech and to the nation. “-Caltech
The film will debut at Caltech Tuesday October 25th at 8pm and will also air Nov. 3 on KCET.