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SETI [ASTRO] JPL Invites The World To Its Annual Open House

Larry Klaes ( )
Wed, 05 May 1999 07:56:19 -0400

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>PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
>Contact: Enrico Piazza
> Once again, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will open its
>doors to the public during its annual open house, a free event
>scheduled for Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to
>5 p.m. on both days.
> Visitors will be treated to exhibits, demonstrations and
>presentations about past and future space missions, while a host
>of hand-on activities will be offered to children. Many of the
>Laboratory's scientists and engineers will be on hand to answer
>questions on topics such as planetary imaging, space robotics and
>communication with distant spacecraft.
> "We're proud of what we do for the American public and the
>scientific community, and the JPL open house is a great
>opportunity to showcase our accomplishments, challenges and
>discoveries," said JPL Director Dr. Edward C. Stone. "In the past
>few months, we've sent space missions to Mars, one to a comet and
>another one into space to test out new technologies for the
>future. This is an exciting time for space exploration and we
>look forward to sharing our work with visitors at the open
> Always a popular event, the 1998 open house edition drew
>about 52,000 people in two days to the 177-acre facility. This
>year the Laboratory is renting 12 theme park-style trams, each
>capable of boarding 70 people.
> Children visiting the Laboratory will have the opportunity
>to see themselves fly in space, learn about "black holes" -- the
>densest objects in the universe -- and design their own planet
>and their own "sciencecraft." The Telescopes in Education Project
>will teach students and educators how to operate an automated
>research-quality telescope and advanced camera system from a
>computer in their classroom.
> A replica of the Sojourner rover that landed on Mars in 1997
>and prototypes of rovers under development at the Laboratory will
>cruise the new Mars Yard, recently remodeled to better imitate
>the Martian landscape. Also on site will be full-scale models of
>the spacecraft currently circling or on their way to the red
>planet, including the Mars Polar Lander, scheduled to reach the
>Martian South Pole on December 3, 1999.
> Other highlights include:
> - The Low Temperature Laboratory and the 25-foot Space
> Simulator, the places where spacecraft are thoroughly tested in
> the extreme conditions they will find in outer space.
> - The Space Flight Operations Facility, the electronic
> mailroom that collects and routes all communications between
> spacecraft and the JPL-operated Deep Space Network, made up of
> antenna stations in Spain, Australia and California's Mojave
> Desert.
> - The Spacecraft Fabrication Facility, where technical
> drawings are turned into components. Inside this building,
> visitors will see the Bengal Waterjet Machine in action, a device
> capable of cutting steel with water.
> - The Spacecraft Assembly Facility, the Laboratory's
> largest clean room where spacecraft are built, including Galileo,
> now orbiting Jupiter and its moons, and Cassini, which is on its
> way to Saturn.
> Food and beverages will be available, along with space
>souvenirs and NASA and JPL merchandise. JPL's Stamp Club and
>Flying Club will staff booths for collectors and aviation fans.
>Potential employees will be able to submit their resumes and take
>home a list of openings at the Laboratory.
> JPL is at 4800 Oak Grove Drive in Pasadena, off the 210
>(Foothill) Freeway at the Berkshire Avenue/Oak Grove Drive exit.
>A larger parking lot is located on the East side of the
>Laboratory, accessible from Windsor Avenue from the Arroyo
>Boulevard exit off the 210 Freeway. Trams will run non-stop
>between all lots and the Laboratory's main gate.
> For further information, visit the JPL Open House web site
>at, or call (818) 354-0112.
> JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology.
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