• Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • 4800 Oak Grove Drive
  • Pasadena, CA 91109
  • US
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017 - May 21, 2017
  • Tour NASA JPL

    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. All tickets have been reserved for JPL’s Open House. Other opportunities to experience JPL include their monthly von Karman Lecture series and weekday JPL Tours.

    Fact: The mars rovers were designed and built at JPL.

    Highlights include 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.

    First Come, First Served

    All tickets have been reserved for JPL’s Open House. This event is sold out.


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


    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 (below)

    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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