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Visitors get and Inside Look at JPL’s Science & Technology
JPL’s annual Open House event gave visitors an up close look at the lab’s science and technology research efforts.
The 2012 Open House event at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. drew around 38,000 visitors. The theme for this year’s event was “Great Journeys,” and it gave visitors a chance to speak with engineers, scientists, and technologists involved in areas such robotics, Mars research, microdevice fabrication, and climate science.
Exhibits this year included:
The Spacecraft Assembly Facility, where many satellites and instruments have been assembled
A display on Voyager spacecraft hardware
A walk through the Space Flight Operations Facility
Information on JPL’s airborne science program
Many of JPL’s facilities were open to the public and staff was on-hand to answer questions about JPL’s past, current, and potential future missions.
While holding a CubeSat, a visitor learns about what these tiny satellites can be used for.
Visitors take a look at the JPL Machine Shop, where many spacecraft parts have been fabricated.
Future technologists pose with a clean room technician.