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Rocket Boys
researchers took a break during their rocket engine experiments in 1936

JPL's roots go back to tests of rudimentary rocket engines in the Arroyo Seco near Pasadena, Calif., in the fall of 1936. Young researchers took a break during their experiments. Seated left to right: Rudolph Schott, Apollo Milton Olin Smith, future JPL Director Frank Malina (white shirt, dark pants), Ed Forman and Jack Parsons (right, foreground). Nov. 15, 1936.

Image courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech

JPL photo number P-9007A

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