This notification just went out to all the people who like to get
email announcements from JPL, so I thought I'd pass it on to you.
Our annual JPL Open House occurs May 19 and 20. I'll be in the
Cassini Tent in person, and also a 1/4 scale model of me will be
stationed next to a 1/4 scale model of the Cassini Spacecraft, so you
can see two of me, possibly at the same time!
You can find me (and Cassini) near the entrance to the laboratory -
I'll be there all day, both days. The large Cassini tent will be the
first exhibit when you enter the west entrance to JPL on Open House
days. Saturday night, May 19 is International Sidewalk Astronomy
Day, too, so we'll be setting up telescopes in Monrovia that night.
Check out our Old Town Astronomy website for information - we'll
update the pages soon for our June trip to both the annual Death
Valley and Bryce Canyon Star Parties, July and August Yosemite (at
Glacier Point) star parties, and proposed trips to the Southern
California desert for stargazing without city streetlights or LA
Here's that announcement - stop by and say "hi"! There can be up to
15, 000 to 20,000 people at JPL open house on each day. It's best to
arrive early, plan for the heat (wear a hat and sunblock), Sunday
morning seems a little less crowded than Saturday. Jane
JPL Open House Takes Visitors on a Journey to the Planets and Beyond
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
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
Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA 91109 818-393-6435
Cassini Saturn Observation Campaign