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An Illustrated History of Aviation in Southern California (Part IV)

As the Cold War fizzled out, Hollywood and the entertainment industry eclipsed aerospace as the main industry in Southern California. Yet, the possibilities of space were broadening. Mankind proved that the sky was not the limit it once imagined.
Mars City Design plans to use 3D printing to test some of the structures in the Mojave desert. | Courtesy of Mars City Design
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The Journey to Build a Life on Mars

An ambitious project combines design and futurism to envision what cities might look like on Mars. 
Now: JPL entrance in 2016.
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Fun Facts about NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

It's hard not to be fascinated JPL's mind-blowing scientific accomplishments. The good news is that you can get a look behind the scenes.
Top Image: From left to right: Rudolph Schott, Apollo Milton Olin Smith, Frank Malina, Ed Forman and Jack Parsons at First Rocket Motor Firing at JPL in 1936. | Flickr/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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The Surprising Origins of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Discover the mysterious beginnings of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and its "rocket boys."
Astronaut in space - timeline part 3 | Henry Cram
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An Illustrated History of Aviation in Southern California (Part III)

In this time of great discovery, science and rocketry shifted from being a tool of fear to a means of drawing humankind closer together. While it was an American team that first graced the surface of the moon, the message was clear that this was an achievement for all to share.
Lockheed's B-1 plant during wartime on Victory Place. Note the pedestrian underpass entrance (it's still there, but closed) at left. | Courtesy of Wes Clark
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The Aviation Industry’s Enduring Impact on Southern California’s Urban Landscape

What’s left standing in the neighborhoods we now call home after the rise of aviation giants in SoCal after WWII may surprise you.
Two workers are dwarfed by five Rocketdyne J-2 engines of the Saturn V second stage (S-II) as they make final inspections prior to a static test firing by North American Rockwell’s Space Division. | Courtesy of NASA
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How SoCal’s Secret Defense Contracts Evolved to Get Mankind on the Moon

Southern California produced two of the three stages of the behemoth Saturn V rocket, the space vehicle that housed the astronauts during the journey to the moon.
Captain Mel Apt in a Bell X-2. | United States Air Force
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Letter to My Father Concerning the State of the World

Author Sharman Apt Russell writes to her deceased father, Captain Milburn Apt, who passed away testing the X-2 rocket plane.
Blue Sky Metropolis timeline featured | Henry Cram
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An Illustrated History of Aviation in Southern California (Part II)

After the Second World War, the Soviet Union and the United States entered a period of heightened antagonism as jet propulsion made plane travel commonplace and a new American obsession took hold — space travel.
Manufacturing of Apollo 9 at Downey’s Not American Rockwell plant in 1968. | Courtesy of Columbia Memorial Space Center/ Aerospace Legacy Foundation
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Apollo Engineers Create Great Atmosphere at Monthly Home Town Buffet Launches

Once a month, Home Town Buffet becomes a meeting spot for engineers who built Apollo spacecraft.
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