JPL's roots go back to tests of rudimentary rocket engines in the Arroyo Seco near Pasadena, Calif., in the fall of 1936. Young researchers took a break during their experiments. Seated left to right: Rudolph Schott, Apollo Milton Olin Smith, future JPL Director Frank Malina (white shirt, dark pants), Ed Forman and Jack Parsons (right, foreground). Nov. 15, 1936.
Image courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech
JPL photo number P-9007A