MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 1999
JPL "THE SPACE PLACE" OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND
With hand-on activities and exhibits, demonstrations and
audiovisual presentations, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's
1999 Open House this weekend will showcase space exploration,
studies of Earth and new technologies.
The Open House will be presented Saturday, June 5 and
Sunday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Always a popular event, the JPL Open House last year drew
some 52,000 people in two days to the 177-acre facility in the
foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. JPL is NASA's leading
center for the robotic exploration of space, and is currently
flying or planning missions to Mars, Jupiter and its moon Europa,
Saturn, Pluto, comets, asteroids and more. The Laboratory's
research also includes studies of Earth and its environment, and
searches for the origin of planets, stars and galaxies.
This year's event features a special children's area
offering space- and science-related activities. A new audiovisual
presentation about JPL, "Welcome to Outer Space," will also be
JPL is located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, off the
210 (Foothill) Freeway at the Berkshire Avenue/Oak Grove Drive
exit. Limited parking is available at the JPL main gate on Oak
Grove Drive, and a larger parking lot is located on the east side
of the Laboratory, accessible from Windsor Avenue from the Arroyo
Boulevard exit off the 210 Freeway. Trams will run non-stop
between all lots and the Laboratory's main gate.
Food, beverages and souvenirs will be available for purchase
during the event. For more information about JPL or the Open
House, visit the JPL website at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ .
JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology