Thomas Sheridan and Jason Robba discuss their documentary Liber Velocity – The Apotheosis of Jack Whiteside Parsons.
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Born in 1914, Jack Parsons was an American rocket engineer, chemist, and occultist. Associated with the California Institute of Technology (aka Caltech), Parsons was one of the principal founders of both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Aerojet Engineering Corporation. His professional career also overlapped with a decidedly unorthodox and at times controversial personal life in which the borders between science fiction, rocket science, and the occult blurred, and which involved associations with characters such as notorious occultist Aleister Crowley, Nazi rocket engineer Wernher von Braun, and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Parsons died in mysterious circumstances aged just 37 and the question still remains: Was his death an accident, or murder?
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