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June 28, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movie: Destination Moon

May 25th, 2017

Destination Moon

“Destination Moon” is the third in the trio of documentaries about the beginnings of the space age. It documents JPL’s ambitious plan to beat the Soviet Union in robotic space exploration by reaching not only for the moon, but also Earth’s neighboring planets Venus and Mars. But as the hour-long episode documents, JPL would be humbled by a series of failures in attempting to merely hit the moon, let alone visit other planets. “We didn’t know what we were doing,” one veteran JPL engineer confides, “and there was no one around to tell us.” This film shows how JPL did learn to go to the moon and to Venus, bestowing on the United States as a true “First in Space.”

For more information about the movie and other Library and  Archives resources and services, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200,  email library@jpl.nasa.gov., or leave a comment here.

 

 

 

 

June 21, 12:00-1:00, "Explorer One" Movie at the Hub

May 22nd, 2017

The JPL Library and Archives is screening a series of videos at the Hub during lunch time this Summer.   Beat the heat, bring your lunch, come to the Hub, enjoy!

On June 21st, we are showing “Explorer One”, a part of the “Beginning of the Space Age” series.

Explorer One

This document reveals how JPL and the U.S. Army could have been the first to place a satellite into Earth orbit, had they been given the chance. That opportunity was lost when the Eisenhower administration, unsure how the Soviet Union would react to a satellite launched under the aegis of the U. S. Army military, hesitated and assigned the project to a civilian-led program called Vanguard.  The Soviet launched Sputnik in October 1957, shocking the world and setting in motion the Cold War’s “Race for Space.” Only after the Vanguard rocked exploded on the launch p[ad were JPL and the U.S. Army given a chance. The result was 1958′s Explorer 1, the first successful U.S. satellite, which also delivered the first-ever scientific discovery from space.

Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at library@jpl.nasa.gov, ext 4-4200 for resources and services from the Library, Archives, and Records Section.

June 14, 12:00-1:30, "The American Rocketeer" Movie at the Hub

May 22nd, 2017

The JPL Library and Archives is screening a series of videos at the Hub during lunch time this Summer.  Beat the heat, bring your lunch, come to the Hub, and enjoy!

On June 14th, we are showing “The American Rocketeer”.

The American Rocketeer

This video tells the little-known and controversial story of Frank Malina, how one man’s dreams and idealism changed his life, Caltech, and the nation.

Today, space probes designed, built and managed within earshot of the first rocket firing on a desolate Southern California canyon wash have reached every planet in our solar system and peered well beyond its boundaries. Each probe carries on it the logo of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But more importantly, each probe carries with it the legacy of scientific and engineering excellence that began some three-quarters of a century ago in an isolated, scrub-strewn gulch northeast of Los Angeles.

On Halloween day in 1936, Malina led a ragtag group of amateur rocket enthusiasts to the Arroyo Seco, where they conducted their first stand-up rocket engine test that would lay the groundwork for the Lab’s founding. Malina’s personal letters, drawings and paintings reveal an extraordinary story of how JPL came to be. Though many other fascinating characters populate “The American Rocketeer,” at its core the film is a personal story of one man’s dream – and how his ideas and idealism put him on a collision course with the world.

Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at library@jpl.nasa.gov, ext 4-4200 for resources and services from the Library, Archives, and Records Section.

May - July, Mondays, 9:00-3:00, Summer Students Orientation

May 22nd, 2017

From early May to end of July, every Monday between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, there will be new Summer Interns at the Hub to receive their Laptop computer. If last year was any indication, the Hub will be busy during Summer time. Watch for announcements of Summer Movie series and other activities. If your group wants to use the Hub, please contact Library Reference Desk, 4-4200, to make a reservation as soon as possible.