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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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JPL

Jet Propulsion Laboratory /Museum
JPL is a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center and is managed by nearby CalTech. The Lab’s primary function is the construction and operation of robotic planetary spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions.

JPL is also responsible for operating NASA’s Deep Space Network. Among the current active projects are the Mars Science Laboratory mission, the Cassini-Huygens mission orbiting Saturn, the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Dawn mission to the dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Vesta, the Juno spacecraft en route to Jupiter, the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission to the Moon, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescopic Array X-ray telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Touring this facility is like touring the history of space exploration. The museum houses many US space vehicles. Access to JPL is restricted and we are privileged to have this opportunity. We will see the vehicle assembly building, space flight operations center and the museum among other things.

This tour is offered Friday only and is limited to 50 participants. There is a $25 per participant fee.