MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Mary Hardin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 28, 1998
JPL's OPEN HOUSE FEATURES PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE IN SPACE
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will open its doors to
the public during its annual Open House on Saturday, May 30 and
Sunday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
This popular, free event celebrates JPL's "Past, Present and
Future" with exhibits and demonstrations about the Laboratory's
ongoing research and space exploration missions.
Many of the Lab's scientists and engineers will be on
hand to answer questions about how spacecraft are sent to other
planets, how scientists utilize space technologies to explore
Earth and how researchers have begun searching for planets beyond
the solar system. Visitors will see exhibits, displays,
demonstrations and presentations covering such topics as
planetary imaging, space robotics, spacecraft communications and
Visitors will be able to see two Earth-observing instruments
currently in development in JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility,
looking in on the progress of the Quick Scatterometer (QuikScat),
set for launch in November, which will study winds over the
oceans, and the Shuttle Radar Topography Mapper (SRTM) that will
ride on the Space Shuttle and collect three-dimensional images of
the Earth in 1999.
Close-up images of El Nino will be on display at the Earth
Sciences booth, as scientists and engineers display the different
ways JPL has tracked this weather-altering phenomenon with
The Mars Yard -- a replica of the Martian landscape, will
feature two full-scale models of Sojourner, the little rover that
landed on Mars on July 4, 1997 aboard the Mars Pathfinder
Also on display will be a full-scale model of Galileo,
currently in orbit around Jupiter, along with a colorful exhibit
of stunning images of Jupiter's moon, Europa, which is thought to
have a water ocean beneath its icy surface. A full-scale model
of the three-story-tall Cassini spacecraft, launched to Saturn in
October 1997, can be viewed in JPL's spacecraft assembly
Engineers who use NASA'S Deep Space Network to communicate
with spacecraft will be on hand to explain spacecraft
telecommunications. The Space Flight Operations Facility viewing
gallery, where spacecraft communications take place, will also be
open to visitors.
Other featured projects will include JPL's Origins program,
which is aimed at developing new technologies to detect other
solar systems; JPL's Center for Space Microelectronics
Technology, which develops miniaturized instruments and sensors
for future space flight; and the New Millennium program, which is
developing revolutionary high-tech instruments for space flight
in the 21st century.
Food and beverages will be available, along with space
souvenirs and NASA and JPL merchandise.
JPL is located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive in Pasadena, off the
210 (Foothill) Freeway at the Berkshire Avenue/Oak Grove Drive
exit. For further information, visit the JPL Open House web site
at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/openhouse . or call (818) 354-0112.