May 17, 2011
JPL Shares Excitement of Exploration at Open House
This year, the annual Open House at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., welcomed over 38,000 visitors the weekend of May 14 and 15. The theme of this year's event was "The Excitement of Exploration," inviting visitors to share in the wonders of space through high-definition and 3-D videos, live demonstrations, interactions with scientists and engineers, and a first look at JPL's new Earth Science Center.
Other exhibits included:"¢ The Spacecraft Assembly Facility where the next Mars rover, "Curiosity," is being built and prepared for a November 2011 launch.
"¢ Tours of the Microdevices Laboratory
"¢ Hands-on demonstrations of JPL robotics
"¢ An Earth "Puffersphere" globe that displays recent data from NASA's Earth-orbiting satellites
Many of JPL's facilities were open and staff members on-hand to answer questions about JPL's past, current and future missions.
In addition, over 27,000 people viewed Open House remotely via live steaming video. Live video webcasts aired from JPL's mission control, the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, and other key locations, giving viewers the opportunity to ask questions of scientists and engineers via a live chat. Those videos are now archived at http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 .
JPL also kept space enthusiasts up-to-date on information about the event's various exhibits and demonstrations via Twitter @NASAJPL at http://twitter.com/NASAJPL and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NASAJPL .
Image Caption: In this image, visitors to Open House at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., are touching the solar panels of a full-scale model of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover. JPL's annual Open House on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, featured displays and demonstrations from numerous space missions, interactions with scientists and engineers and a first look at JPL's new Earth Science Center. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech