Thursday, February 10, 2011


I ran a half marathon this past weekend which wouldn't normally have anything to do with rocketry. This race however was in Pasadena, CA and about halfway through the race I realized that I was running through the Arroy Seco wash right behind the Jet Propulsion Laboratory . Ok, maybe not exciting for you, but this is the exact spot were Jack Parsons, Theodore VonKarman, Frank Malina were testing their rocket motors in the late 30's. Those experiments eventually led to the founding of Aerojet corporation and JPL in the 40's.