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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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JPL Open House 2014.
Photograph: Michael Juliano JPL Open House 2014.

Employing 5,000 people, and equipped with an annual budget of $1.4 billion, the JPL designed, built and now operates NASA's Deep Space Network; it was also responsible for the Mars Pathfinder and the Spirit rover's mission to Mars.

Roughly once a week, the lab opens its doors to the public; the 2- to 2.5-hour tour begins with a multimedia overview of the set-up, after which the public are shown around the Space Flight Operations Facility and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility.

Demand is high and booking well ahead is essential; security concerns dictate that US citizens need to bring a passport or driver's licence, while citizens of other countries must declare their nationality prior to booking and bring a passport and/or green card on the day. For full security and booking details, check the website.



Venue name: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Address: 4800 Oak Grove Dr
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Tours: call for details.
Price: Free
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Once a year (in the summer, I believe) the JPL opens their doors to the public for the weekend for free. Tickets go fast when they announce it, and you do not want to miss your chance to visit. Stopping by and touring around is a very fun & unique experience. You get to see Mission Control, Rovers, talk to folks who work there, check out some interesting talks and movies, etc. If you're an adult who is remotely interested in space and even moreso if you are an excited kid, a visit to the JPL is not to be missed.