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Stealth over Pasadena

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Pasadena (pàs´e-dê´ne)
1. A city of southern California northeast of internal linkLos Angeles. It is famous for its Rose Bowl and annual Tournament of Roses parade. Population, 131,591.
2. A city of southeast Texas, an industrial suburb of Houston. The Lyndon B. Johnson Manned Space Center is nearby. Population, 119,363.


Pasadena.   1 City (1990 pop. 131,591), S Calif., at the base of the San Gabriel Mts.; inc. 1866. Its manufactures include electronic and aerospace components; the California Inst. of Technology, with its internal linkNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is in the city. It is the scene of the annual Tournament of Roses parade and the postseason college football game in the Rose Bowl.  2 City (1990 pop. 119,363), S Tex., on the Houston ship channel, an industrial suburb of HOUSTON; inc. 1929. The port of Houston, and oil and related industries provide much employment. NASA's manned space center (on Clear Lake) and the San Jacinto battlefield (1836) are nearby.

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Devil's Gate Dam - Arroyo Seco, Pasadena

Frank Malina, one of his colleagues at Caltech (California Institute of Technology) in Pasadena, has chronicled John (Jack) Parsons' contributions to rocketry. (2) In 1936, Parsons and Edward S. Forman came upon a report of a GALCIT (Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory-Caltech) lecture concerning the idea of a rocket-powered airplane. Parsons, though a self-trained chemist, had powers of internal linkimagination that proved to be invaluable in all of his pursuits (whether scientific or internal linkmagical). He and Forman (a mechanic) had together been making small black-powder rockets.

They wanted to experiment with a liquid propellant rocket motor, so (lacking the funds) they approached Caltech.  As a result, Malina (in 1936) came up with a proposal for his doctoral thesis on rocket propulsion and performance in-flight. Theodore von Karman (who headed GALCIT) gave Malina permission to collaborate with Forman and Parsons, even though the latter two were neither students nor staff members of the institute.

Even so, funds were scarce, and the three experimenters chipped in necessary funds for the materials. They conducted the tests at Arroyo Seco, behind the Devil's Gate Dam in Pasadena (very near the present-day Jet Propulsion Laboratory), a site that, unbeknownst to them, had previously been used by rocketry pioneer Robert Goddard.

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Pasadena is a city located in internal linkLos Angeles County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 133,936. It located at 34°10' North, 118°8' West.


Pasadena is located at 34°9'22" North, 118°7'55" West (34.156098, -118.131808)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 60.0 km² (23.2 mi²). 59.8 km² (23.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is internal linkwater. The total area is 0.30% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 133,936 people, 51,844 households, and 29,862 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,238.7/km² (5,798.7/mi²). There are 54,132 housing units at an average density of 904.8/km² (2,343.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 53.36% White, 14.42% African American, 0.71% Native American, 10.00% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 16.01% from other races, and 5.39% from two or more races. 33.40% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 51,844 households out of which 27.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% are married couples living together, 12.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 42.4% are non-families. 33.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.52 and the average family size is 3.30.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 34.9% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $46,012, and the median income for a family is $53,639. Males have a median income of $41,120 versus $36,435 for females. The per capita income for the city is $28,186. 15.9% of the population and 11.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 21.3% are under the age of 18 and 10.5% are 65 or older.

Points of Interest

* Caltech
* Fuller Theological Seminary
* Rose Bowl
* Tournament of Roses
* Gamble House
* Old Pasadena

South Orange Grove Boulevard

One of two primary, exclusive residential districts in Pasadena, California South Orange Grove has been a home for the rich and famous since the early 20th Century. Because of a number of landmark mansions, the street earned the name "Millionaire's Row". However, by the early 21st Century many of these homes had been replaced by spacious, pricey condominiums. Prominent among the historic residences is the Wrigley Mansion, former home of chewing gum magnet William Wrigley Jr., which now serves as headquarters for the world-renowned Tournament of Roses. On the north end of the street lies the Gamble House, built by renowned Arts & Crafts movement architects Greene & Greene, but once home to David and Mary Gamble of Procter & Gamble fame. The annual Rose Parade on New Year's Day uses South Orange Grove Boulevard as a staging area for flower-covered floats, and it is where the parade begins. The Norton Simon Museum sits at the intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado boulevards. The companion exclusive residential district is South Lake Avenue.

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