Jet Propulsion Laboratory Plans Open House

PASADENA, Calif., May 11 (UPI) — NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. is inviting the public to its annual open house, which will include displays from numerous space missions.

Officials said the event, to be held Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. PDT, is themed “Worlds Beyond” and will feature the JPL-built Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 that was retrieved from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope last year by space-walking astronauts. The instrument is on loan from the National Air and Space Museum.

JPL scientists said other open house highlights will include: seeing JPL’s next spacecraft — the Mars Science Laboratory — which is under construction in the lab’s largest “clean room;” life-size rover models in a Mars test bed; and JPL’s Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration.

Visitors will also be able to view the sun through solar-safe telescopes, and learn how NASA instruments help scientists better understand global climate change.

Officials noted all vehicles entering NASA/JPL property are subject to inspection. Visitors are prohibited from bringing certain items onto the JPL property, including weapons, explosives, alcohol, pets, skates or skateboards and bicycles. No bags, backpacks or ice chests are allowed, except small purses and diaper bags.

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