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  1. The Witchcraft and Sexcapades that NASA Erased from Rocketry’s History

    Scientific discovery can often seem magical, so much so that the father of modern rocketry actually believed quantum physics to be the study of magic. Jack Parsons was a founding member of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab but was later shunned due to his belief in the occult, involvement in early Scientology and cultist hedonistic lifestyle. Yet the rocket fuel he developed found its way into NASA’s space shuttles and military ballistic missiles. Written out of history books, Parsons lives on through his poems, published this year, which recall the hidden magical world of an archetypal mad scientist.

    Source: Wired

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