• Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • 4800 Oak Grove Drive
  • Pasadena, CA 91109
  • US
  • Saturday, June 09, 2018 - Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • Tour NASA JPL

    A Ticket to Explore JPL is an annual event where NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, opens its doors to the public once a year. Visitors are offered a behind-the-scenes look and interactive demonstrations. You must reserve tickets for JPL’s Open House in advance. Other opportunities to experience JPL include their monthly von Karman Lecture series and weekday JPL Tours.

    Highlights

    The mars rovers were designed and built at JPL. There is a life-size model of the Curiosity Mars rover; demonstrations from numerous space missions; JPL’s machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built; and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration.

    Tickets

    All tickets are first come first serve. Online ticket registration has not opened yet. We encourage you to join their online mailing list so you can be sure of an opportunity to reserve tickets when they become available.

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    Weekday Tours

    If you are not able to make JPL’s open house or you just can’t get enough, the JPL Public Services Office offers free tours for groups and individuals on an advance reservation basis. Visitor parking is also free. All tours commonly include a multimedia presentation on JPL entitled “Journey to the Planets and Beyond,” which provides an overview of the Laboratory’s activities and accomplishments. Guests may also visit the von Karman Visitor Center, the Space Flight Operations Facility, and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility.

    Additional Tour Information

    Directions

    For a full list of maps and driving directions visit jpl.nasa.gov/about_JPL/maps

    Parking

    JPL offers free parking on site. Parking is easy to figure out; follow the signs for parking once you enter the JPL campus. There are four entrances, refer to the map at the bottom. For assistance call JPL Public Services at (818) 354-1234.

    Public Transportation

    Try Google Maps to plan your trip. You might consider taking the Metro Gold Line to Pasadena; de-train at Memorial Park Station, and use Uber to take you from Del Mar Station to JPL.

    Social Media

    Follow @NASAJPL on Twitter and Instagram, and use hashtag #JPLOpen. Here is a full list of JPL’s social networks.

    Food & Drinks

    JPL offers a wide variety of food & drinks spread throughout the campus, refer to the map at the bottom.

    Map of JPL Campus

    Download last year’s Open House Visitor Guide (brochure) here.

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    Video – Rover Landing on Mars

    Landing on mars incredibly difficult, it takes seven minutes to land once the spacecraft enters Mars’ atmosphere, but it takes seven minutes for the signal from the spacecraft to reach Earth (that’s how far Mars is from Earth). That means the rover has been on Mars for seven minutes before NASA has an update, they call this “Seven Minutes From Hell).

    Video – Curiosity Rover

    Watch this video to get up to date on Curiosity Rover, a car-sized robotic rover that has been exploring Mars for three years (Curiosity was born in Pasadena, at NASA JPL).

  • Cost: Free
  • Venue Information

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • T: (818) 354-1234
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