PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

       The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the nation's leading center for exploring the solar system with unmanned spacecraft, will hold an open house on the weekends of June 6 and 7 and June 13 and 14, 1987 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

       JPL is located at 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, and can be reached from the Oak Grove/Berkshire exit of the 210 (Foothill) Freeway.

       In the Lab's first open house since 1980, the public will be given rare opportunity to tour JPL facilities, including spacecraft assembly and test rooms and the control room of the Deep Space Network, which communicates with spacecraft touring the solar system.

       Scientists, engineers and technicians will be present to explain experiments and conduct laboratory demonstrations and tests. Exhibits and multimedia presentations will describe JPL's work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and other government agencies.

       Visitors can walk or ride buses to 35 special "Discovery Sites" that highlight JPL's unique facilities and capabilities as space and Earth research center.

       Children at the open house can watch themselves fly through space in special television exhibit, or have their pictures taken by spacecraft camera. Visitors are also welcome to walk through large van where students learn about math, science and computers.

       JPL, government-owned facility, is division of the California Institute of Technology operated for NASA.

       For more information, call (818) 354-8594.

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