JPL Open House: An Invitation to the Solar System and Beyond
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., invites the
public to share the "Spirit of Exploration" during its Open House
on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitors will go behind the scenes to learn about exciting missions
to study the solar system, the universe, and our home planet.
Image right: A banner flies above the entrance to JPL's Open House. Image credit: NASA/JPL
Once inside the gates, guests will be able to talk with scientists
and engineers working on JPL missions, and find out how spacecraft
are sent to other planets. Visitors can explore the planets as they
walk through a model of the solar system, build their own
spacecraft and have their picture taken in infrared light.
Visitors will see exhibits, displays and presentations about new
technologies, solar system exploration and spacecraft
communication. Spacecraft models will be on display and movies will
highlight the excitement of the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn
and the upcoming Deep Impact mission to a comet.
The Open House is a fun and educational event for children too,
with planetary puzzles and games, science projects and the chance
to get rolled over by a rover. High school students will display
robots they built for regional and national competitions.
Admission is free. No backpacks or ice chests are allowed, with the
exception of small purses and diaper bags. Visitors, vehicles and
personal belongings are subject to inspection. Food and beverages
will be available, along with space souvenirs, and JPL and NASA
JPL is located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive. Exit the 210 (Foothill)
Freeway at the Berkshire Avenue/Oak Grove Drive exit in La Canada-
Flintridge. Parking is available near the Oak Grove Drive main
gate and on the eastern boundary of JPL, accessible from Windsor
Avenue via the Arroyo Boulevard exit off the 210 Freeway. Buses and
tour guides will move people between different locations around the
facility. Walking is required to some locations.
More information is available at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pso/oh.cfm
(818) 354-0112. Directions are available at
The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for
Natalie Godwin (818) 354-0850
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.