• 4800 Oak Grove Dr.
  • Pasadena, CA 91109
  • T: 818-354-9314

NASA Facility in Pasadena

JPL is a research, development, and flight center for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it is operated and managed by Caltech. All of NASA’s Mars rovers were designed and built at JPL; the campus houses the Space Flight Operations Facility, a control room which has monitored and controlled all interplanetary and deep space exploration for NASA and other international space agencies since 1963.

Twenty-Five-Foot Space Simulator

The simulator is used for testing spacecraft in space-like conditions. Ranger, Surveyor, Mariner, and Voyager spacecrafts were all tested in this simulator. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1985 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mars Rover Video

Tour JPL

JPL’s Public Services Office offers free for groups and individuals on an advance reservation basis, tour reservations should be made at least a month in advance. Tours usually include a video entitled “Journey to the Planets and Beyond,” that provides an overview of JPL and its accomplishments. Guests may also visit the von Karman Visitor Center; the Space Flight Operations Facility; and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility.

Tour Parking

Free parking is available for visitors. Directions >

Visitor Identification

JPL requires that all U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, present official, government issued photo identification (driver’s license or passport) before being allowed entry. All non-U.S. Citizens 18 years of age or older must present a passport or resident visa (green card) before being allowed entry. Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the laboratory.


Tours involve a considerable amount of walking and climbing stairs. Wheelchair access can be accommodated with advance notice, however wheelchairs are not provided.

Rain or Shine

Tour occur rain or shine.

No Cameras

Cameras are permitted on the facility.

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