[meteorite-list] JPL Open House Takes Visitors on a Journey to the Planets and Beyond

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 17:01:18 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <200705010001.l4101Ix22750_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


JPL Open House Takes Visitors on a Journey to the Planets and Beyond
April 30, 2007

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., invites the public
on a "Journey To the Planets and Beyond." The laboratory will open its
doors during its annual Open House on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and
20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors will learn about JPL's exciting space missions and see robots
in action. Scientists and engineers will also answer questions about the
solar system, the universe and our home planet.

A giant balloon that may someday explore Venus will be on display in
JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility, the clean room where spacecraft and
instruments are built.

Visitors can see unique 3-D images from space, including stereoscopic
views of the sun, and view movies highlighting current and upcoming JPL
missions. At the Robo-Dome, a pair of 700-pound robots will glide in a
high-tech arena under artificial stars, while the Saturn Moonwalk will
display the ringed planet's vast system of unique moons.

JPL Open House will offer lots of fun activities for kids of all ages
who want to learn more about science and technology. Kids can get rolled
over by a mechanical Mars rover, fly in outer space and view the sun
with high-powered telescopes.

Admission is free and reservations are not required. No backpacks or ice
chests are allowed; visitors may bring small purses and diaper bags.
Visitors, vehicles and personal belongings are subject to inspection.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase, along with space
souvenirs and JPL and NASA merchandise. Vendors will only accept cash.
ATMs will be available.

JPL is located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive. Exit the 210 (Foothill) Freeway
at the Berkshire Avenue/Oak Grove Drive exit in La Canada-Flintridge.
Parking is available near the Oak Grove Drive main gate and on the
eastern boundary of JPL, accessible from Windsor Avenue via the Arroyo
Boulevard exit off the 210 Freeway. Buses and tour guides will move
people between different locations around the facility. Walking is
required to some locations. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

More information is available at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pso/oh.cfm
or by calling 818-354-0112. Directions are available at
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/about_JPL/directions.cfm .


Media contact: Natalie Godwin 818-354-0850 Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Pasadena, Calif.
Received on Mon 30 Apr 2007 08:01:18 PM PDT

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