JPL's Open House May 19, 20, 2007

Jane H Jones jane.h.jones at
Mon Apr 30 16:40:27 PDT 2007

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 
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.

Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA  91109  818-393-6435
jane.h.jones at
Cassini Saturn Observation Campaign
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