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Submission + - Was America's #1 Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI thought so.

IMissAlexChilton writes: Frank Malina masterfully led the World War II effort to build U.S. rockets for jet-assisted takeoff and guided missiles. As described in IEEE Spectrum, Malina’s motley crew of engineers and enthusiasts (including occultist Jack Parsons) founded the Jet Propulsion Lab and made critical breakthroughs in solid fuels, hypergolics, and high-altitude sounding rockets, laying the groundwork for NASA’s future successes. And yet, under suspicion by the Feds at the war’s end, Malina gave up his research career, and his team’s efforts sank into obscurity. Taking his place: the former Nazi Wernher von Braun. Read “Frank Malina: America’s Forgotten Rocketeer”. Includes cool vintage footage of early JPL rocket tests. Disclosure: I am a staff editor with IEEE Spectrum.

Submission + - Remembering Sputnik: Sir Arthur C. Clarke (

porslap writes: Sir Arthur C. Clarke shares his memories of hearing about the launch of Sputnik 50 years ago tomorrow in an interview with IEEE Spectrum He goes on to discuss the future of privatized space travel and his hopes for the future of humankind. He doesn't give interviews very often anymore, so this is a rare opportunity to engage the thoughts of one of the seminal hardcore sci-fi authors.

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