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The improbable life of rocket scientist Jack Parsons has inspired this television drama.

In 1930s Los Angeles, John Whiteside “Jack” Parsons is toiling away in a chemical factory, while dreaming of launching rockets into outer space. His patient wife, Susan is worried about money, but his childhood friend, now a student at Caltech, Richard Onsted, is working closely with him at night on perfecting a design.

And then, one fateful night, a creepy man moves next door to the Parsonses. Ernest Donovan also seems to see into Jack’s heart — what drives him, what he was like as a child. When Ernest invites them to a cult meeting in Pasadena, the Parsonses reluctantly accept.

Thursdays on CBS All Access.