NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., welcomes the public to its annual Open House on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The lab will salute the 40th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 mission – the first human landing on the moon. JPL will also celebrate the International Year of Astronomy, a United Nations-endorsed series of events around the world that commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first telescope observations of space and planets by Italian scientist Galileo Galilei.
Open House highlights include: seeing JPL's next spacecraft bound for Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory, in the lab's biggest "clean room;" talking to scientists and engineers who work on missions to destinations such as Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Earth's moon; and visiting JPL's Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists work in the world of the ultra-miniature. Visitors can also view the sun through solar-safe telescopes, and learn how NASA instruments measure greenhouse gases, helping scientists better understand global climate change.
Besides the many exhibits and displays, the Open House will feature hands-on activities for children. Visitors can find out how NASA missions are using new media tools such as Twitter at the "The Tweet Spot" booth. Portions of the event will also air live online on Ustream TV at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasajpl on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Due to the recent confirmed cases of human swine flu in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending that if you are sick or have family members who are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with others. The CDC has also issued guidance stating that individuals with underlying medical conditions who are at high risk for complications of influenza may wish to consider avoiding large crowds. Additional information is available at the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3. Admission and parking are free.
4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, Calif. From the 210 Freeway, take the Berkshire Avenue/Oak Grove Drive exit. All visitors should wear comfortable shoes -- no buses will be provided from JPL parking lots. JPL will provide vans for mobility-challenged guests.
Vehicles entering NASA/JPL property are subject to inspection. Visitors cannot bring these items to NASA/JPL: 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.
Media ContactRhea R. Borja 1-818-354-0850
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.