JPL Invites Public to Open House

JPLers prepare for Open House A JPLer makes adjustments to a model of the Mars Science Laboratory, scheduled to launch in 2009. Image credit: NASA/JPL
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April 22, 2008

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will welcome members of the public to its Open House on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4. Children will be able to participate in many hands-on activities.

At this free, all-day event, visitors can watch 700-pound robots glide under artificial stars in JPL's Robodome, get an up-close view of full-scale models of Mars rovers, and learn how spacecraft are prepared for their journeys in special clean rooms.

They will see numerous solar system, robotics and Earth science exhibits and learn about various space missions, including the Mars Phoenix Lander, scheduled to land on the Red Planet on May 25. Visitors can also see how NASA instruments measure greenhouse gases, which will help scientists better understand global climate change.

JPL's Open House begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on both days. JPL is located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, Calif. Parking is free.

Please note that all vehicles entering NASA/JPL property are subject to inspection. Visitors should wear comfortable shoes -- no buses will be provided from JPL parking lots to the lab. JPL will provide vans for mobility-challenged guests.

Please note that the following items are banned from entering NASA/JPL property: weapons, explosives, incendiary devices, dangerous instruments, alcohol, illegal drugs, pets, all types of skates including skateboards, Segways and bicycles. No bags, backpacks or ice chests are allowed, except small purses and diaper bags.

More information on JPL's Open House is online at . Directions to JPL are at .

JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

For public inquiries about Open House, call 818-354-0112.

Media contact: Rhea R. Borja
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.



JPLers prepare for Open House

JPL's Open House includes booths covering Earth, planets (Mars in this image) and the universe. Scientists and engineers will be on hand to answer questions. Image credit: NASA/JPL

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700-pound robot

Gliding with the delicacy of ballet dancers, a pair of 700-pound robots (one seen here) move inside JPL's Robodome. Image credit: NASA/JPL

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