Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA opens its doors to the public for an annual Open House.
The event, themed "Great Journeys," will feature a life-size model of Curiosity, the
rover currently bound for Mars aboard NASA/JPL’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft;
demonstrations from numerous other 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.
JPL Open House includes hands-on activities and opportunities to talk with scientists and
engineers. For the first time ever, cell phone users, using text-message capabilities, will be
able to take part in a mobile scavenger hunt. “The Voyage” scavenger hunt participants can
search for secret capsules hidden across JPL and unlock secret codes.
JPL’s Facebook page is here
. If you go and tweet from the event, use the #JPLOpen hashtag. Details are here
, and more photos are here
. (photo: NASA JPL)
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